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Growing tree peonies from seed

How do I propagate tree peony seeds for an amateur gardener? Cheers.

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    The GPS Team

    Tree peonies are not the easiest or quickest plants to grow from seed as they are doubly dormant. This means the seed sown in the autumn will develop roots after the first winter then needs the warmth of the following year and a second winter before a stem and leaves appear.

    Plants from seed can take 5 years to flower.

    Divisions from existing plants are far simpler and quicker. Here are tips on how to do it from our Grower Tips section https://www.greenplantswap.co.uk/grower_tips/fleshy-crowns. Autumn is a good time to do it.

  2. Grower

    Good Earth Gardens

    That is a plant I would hope to see more swaps of, as you often find seedlings underneath mature plants.

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    I found that they are very easy to germinate: I just popped a handful of seeds in a half-pot with compost, ignored it for a year, then lo! and behold, lots of sprouting.

    Interestingly, GoodEarthGardens (sorry, don't know your name!) I have never found seedlings under mature plants, despite looking out for them all the time. Maybe I'm too efficient with my weeding? laughs

    Rachel

  4. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    And now, as a sort of follow-up to this subject, you might like to know that I am trying to reduce my "stock" of plants, so I am offering up my strongly-growing new plants for sale.

    They're all looking really good, nice strong roots, so hopefully there will be some patient people out there who want to watch them grow...

    I also found out recently that the species peony, Peony obovata, is actually quite rare, and is suddenly becoming popular, so I will be taking seeds from that one shortly. Hopefully I will then have either seeds or seedlings for sale!

    Rachel


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