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Taking the rough...

06 May 2011 20:11:17
Paeonia suffruticosa 'Wu Long Peng Sheng' & Arisaema griffithii

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Wu Long Peng Sheng' & Arisaema griffithii

I suppose we gardeners have to take the rough with the smooth.

This is my rough - a tree peony that refuses to flower.

It is a Chinese peony, Paeonia suffruticosa 'Wu Long Peng Sheng', which means 'Black Dragon Holding Blossom' but it has never flowered. It is in the ground about six years and makes nice healthy growth in spring with woody bases. But no sign off flowers.

I wonder what the problem could be.

Incidentally, the Arisaema beside it has decided to produce no spathe for the second year running. This must be the non-flowering corner.

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Myrtle Myrtle 06 May 2011 20:25:32


fran m fran m 06 May 2011 20:33:20

No garden should have one of these areas ...............

MartinB MartinB 06 May 2011 21:28:38

Fran is the rough

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 06 May 2011 22:22:25

Paeonias don't like to be planted to deeply and if you mulch them put the mulch around the plant and not on top of it. Also they like to be planted in a sunny position which helps them to flower. If you go to the RHS website Kelways paeonia nursery has an article on their cultivation. Mary

Rachel Rachel 06 May 2011 23:25:49

I agree, Fran but I also agree with Martin :D

Mary, that was my first thought that I had planted it too deeply. But surely that applies only to herbaceous peonies? Aren't grafted tree peonies supposed to be planted to above the graft point i.e. nice and deep (although I don't know if this one is grafted or not).

fran m fran m 07 May 2011 06:59:27


Lìga Lìga 07 May 2011 09:57:18

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