26 February, 2017

Spring Peony Care

If you have peonies and you are anticipating a large frost after your peonies have begun to sprout you can place an overturned pot or light sheet over the plants just before the frost. This will protect the forming buds from any added stress that the frost can cause, which may hamper the bloom. Just don't forget to remove the covering as soon as possible. Note that this is the safer option.
That being said, we have thousands of peonies and rarely cover any of our plants during frost and our peonies still bloom well and remain beautiful. This frost hardiness is especially true for tree peonies that emerge very early in the season. We have had plants with blossoms ready to open get frosted and they have opened beautifully not too long after. Just be careful not to touch your peonies when they are frozen as it will cause them to break.
If your peonies are in full flower (flowers completely open) and you are anticipating frost it is best tocover them to reduce the impact of the frost.

Eternal Classical Peony Cheongsam

The peony, also known as (fu gui rong hua) “flower of riches and honors”, is the national flowers of China. The peony is usually printed on Chinese qipao, not only because of its splendid blooms but also its mysterious connection with the renowned Chinese ancient Beauty Xi Shi. There is a similarity between peony and Xi Shi, that is brave and sympathetic beauty. The peony ranks a unique place in all floras, just like Xi Shi in ancientChina. As a famous poet in Tang Dynasty, Bi Juyi, puts it, only Xi Shi deserves the crown of Beauty, and peony of flora. When a woman wear peony Qipao dress, it always have a feeling of unparalleled sense of beauty.

23 February, 2017

Peonies are popular in Chinese art. Paintings of the peony are hung in the home for good luck and in offices for good business. Also, these paintings are hung in places of marriage, as the Chinese also regard the meaning of the peony with a man and woman living harmoniously together. This belief goes with their overall tradition of complementary opposites. For the Chinese, it is also a symbol of love and affection and feminine beauty. White peonies represent young girls who are recognized for their intellect and also by their beauty. Red peonies are highly valued because the color is considered life-giving.

22 February, 2017

A Romance Poem about Peony

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
to break my heart
as the sun rises,
as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers

and they open —
pools of lace,
white and pink —
and all day the black ants climb over them,

boring their deep and mysterious holes
into the curls,
craving the sweet sap,
taking it away

to their dark, underground cities —
and all day
under the shifty wind,
as in a dance to the great wedding,

the flowers bend their bright bodies,
and tip their fragrance to the air,
and rise,
their red stems holding

all that dampness and recklessness
gladly and lightly,
and there it is again —
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.
Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and softly,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?

from New And Selected Poems by Mary Oliver

21 February, 2017

Herbaceous peony

Phoenix White - Feng Dan Bai
This herbaceous tree peony selection has white single form flowers, 8 inches in size, with dark glossy leaves and a sweet fragrance. Blooms face upwards, floating like silk on top of the leaves. This herbaceous peony plant is very productive with a vigorous, spreading growth habit. Some peony flowers will have the slightest pink tone when it first open, fading quickly to pure white.

Herbaceous tree peony is easy growing and pets free. Herbaceous peony suited for cutting flowers, because of its brilliant color, big flowers, strong stalk and kinds of flower types. It is not only a good decoration in your home, but also a good performer in your garden. Get your own special herbaceous peony via China-Plants.com !


Pink Plate Hold Bead - Fen Pan Cang Zhu
Fen Pan Cang Zhu has characteristics as follows:
1. pink bloom
2. resembling the chrysanthemum
3.16cm×8 cm corolla, peachy buds
4. slightly crapy outer petals and crapy inner petals

This is a good choice to make herbaceous peony cutting flower. You can also choose other colorful herbaceous peonies. I think putting kinds of herbaceous peonies together will make a wonderful visual impact. More nice herbaceous peonies on China-Plants.com !


Long Stem Red - Gao Gan Hong

This purple herbaceous peony likes illuminated purple pearl, which will satisfy your flower dream completely. Herbaceous peonies are very hardy, drought tolerant, disease resistant perennials.

My 150 plus peony plants produce an amazing display in the peak season in Zhongchuan Peony Nursery. And customers are encouraged to visit my nursery; all of them are absolutely stunned by the beauty of peonies.

Planting tips:
1. Bare-root peonies should only be planted in the fall as this coincides with the time that their tubers develop most of their feeder roots.
2. Container grown peonies can be planted any time spring through fall.

3. Herbaceous peony dies back in winter and should have their foliage cleaned away in autumn.

4. Tree peonies drop their leaves but retain their woody structure. Do not cut down your tree peonies.


How to plant tree peony

High quantity paeonia rockii is the featured plants in China-Plants.com, and it is also the special peony in the normal peony groups.

1. Trimming
The improper conveyance may do damages to seedlings. Prior to planting, upon the damage’s degree, to make seedlings neat or tidy by trimming the broken or damaged roots and branch stems off in part or in whole.
2. Disinfection
To soak trimmed seedlings for 15 minutes in the Hexathane diluted in the proportion of 1:500 or in Mildothane of 1:1000 or Allisan of 1:1000, then followed the water washing. For seedlings with ball clay at roots, spraying their stems with above-mentioned liquor. Prior to planting, the disinfected seedlings shall be soaked for 30minutes in 500ppm rootone liquor (an appropriate amount of rootone liquor should be granted to seedlings with ball clay after their planting).
3. Planting
Pit digging: Pit shall be dug according to the size of root system and ball clay at the root, it should not be narrow at the bottom so as to prevent bends of roots. The planting depth shall be30cm deeper than in the nursery.
Fertilization: Proper surface soil, organic fertilizers (thoroughly decomposed) and chemical fertilizers shall be placed at the bottom of pit so as to benefit the new generated roots.
3.3 Planting:
For seedlings with exposed roots: The surface soil shall be piled at the bottom of pit first, with a loose depth, then an appropriate amount of organic fertilizers shall be sprayed, with fertilizers being covered by a backfilling layer, so as to isolate the root system from fertilizers. Seedling with exposed roots shall be placed at the center of pit with the root system laid down as it is. Backfilling shall be performed around seedling pit, followed by compression as appropriate and seedling shall be slightly lifted with planting depth3cm deeper than in the nursery, then backfilling layer shall be added.
For seedling with ball clay at the root: Seedling with ball clay at the root shall be vertically placed at the center of pit with the root being placed firmly. The planting depth shall be appropriate. Backfilling shall be performed around ball clay, followed by compression as appropriate. Hemp (straw) bags in the upper part of ball clay shall be cut open and removed.
4. Watering
After planting is completed, it’s necessary to do watering thoroughly.
5. Triming
Trimming may be performed after planting. To clip all broken, damaged, crossed, overlapped stems and delicate ones in overcrowding place as well. The pruning wound shall be smooth. Pruning wound more than1.5cmin diameter shall be sealed with grafting wax or japan lac to facilitate healing and prevent moisture diminishing and sprout.
6. Maintenance
Watering: Watering if necessary. An appropriate watering shall go on the premise that the soil moisture status to be kept neither dry nor hydrops. A soaking watering may be wanted prior to the forthcoming winter.
To loose soil layer around the seedling after every watering.
6.3 Management after leaf expansion and before blossoming
Sprout-plucking and Bud-removing: All other3cm long sprouts shall be plucked except for one reserved on every stem. As for5cm long sprouts germinated from rootstalk, only1-2 vigorous and reasonably distributed sprouts shall be reserved upon the growing circumstances of plant. All of them may be plucked, too. The buds number shall depend on the size of plant and its stems while buds start to color, in general, only one bud shall be asked for every 2-3 stems, so as to ensure the quality of view.
Foliage dressing: As long as the leaves expand, to spray them with mixed liquor of 5% Huaduoduo ( Penshibao or Dongli 2004 ) and 3% carbamide for every 7-10days. Prior to blossoming, a spraying of potassium phosphate monobasic shall be granted to seedling 20days in advance.
6.4 Management after blossoming
Buds-removing: To remove flowers immediately after the blossom fall so as to allow the root system to grow well.
Fertilization: An appropriate amount of fertilizers, giving priority to organic fertilizers, shall be granted to seedling immediately after the blossoming. To place 0.05-1kg carbamide and diamine inside the surface oil layer around each seedling (the exact amount shall depend on the size of seedling) in the pit of seedling, the fertilizers shall be sprayed at the upper part around the root system, then followed by watering.  
Chemical spray: In the first ten days of July, the tree peony may be infected with anthracnose, brown spot, powdery mildew and gray mold. The spraying of 500-700 ml chlorthalonil or Badistan shall be taken for every 10-15days to prevent these diseases.
7. Reshaping
2-3 years later after being planted, young seedling’s other stems shall be cut off except for 3-5 ones to be reserved the remnant flowers shall be removed after the May-June florescence the flower bud’s differentiation shall commence during the June-September period 50% or so of seedling’s stems shall be cut off starting from the base of a stem, only2-3 buds shall be reserved to ensure 1-2 buds to blossom in the upcoming year. The broken, old, dead and weak stems shall be clipped in every winter.
8. Precautions
Peony rockii has its origin in northwestChina. Drought resistance and being easily damaged by waterlogging characterize it. It shall be thoroughly irrigated twice from leaves expansion to the time in buds, watering for other times if necessary. The immediate drainage is essential while rainy season comes, so as to protect its root from soaking which may result in defoliation in advance or even the death to Peony rockii.
                                                   Gansu Zhongchuan Peony Nursery