Tree Peonies or Shrub Peonies are easily raised from seeds, but they will need their time to establish and to gain flowering size, which may be in a minimum of some 3 to 4 years, depending on cultivation conditions and species. They are suited for any partially shaded to sunny spot in a well drained, yet humus-rich soil. Especially these shrub-like species have always been much sought after, but they are rarely offered and thus will stay rather high priced. Some treasure plants for the connoisseur! In recent years there has been much confusion on species within the genus and this is still true for herbaceous perennial members. At least things seem to be sorted out for shrublike woody peonies. Only 4 tree peonies with several varieties and forms remain in the genus Paeonia: Paeonia decomposita, Paeonia delavayi, Paeonia ostii and Paeonia rockii.
Sow in any rich, well drained soil in autumn or early spring some 1cm/0.4" deep. Several seeds may not germinate before spring of the second year after sowing, thus do not empty pots with ungerminated seeds too early ! All Paeonia seeds require a prolonged cooling period for several months in winter before germination starts in early to mid spring. During winter place pots outside in a protected, sunny spot. The seedlings are best grown in pots for at least some 2 years, thereafter carefully transplant he young plants in early spring, paying special attention to not breaking their fleshy rhizomes. Once established, do not disturb plants until they are becoming too large.
All are USDA Climate Zone 6.
3 large seeds per package.
Beside tree or shrub peonies we offer several herbaceous peonies.