Flower Grower Resources
Click on the links below to obtain information on planting and caring for peonies.
- Planting Instructions
- Understanding & Treating Botrytis
- Fall Peony Care
- Post Harvest Care of Peonies Holloway Research
Ants have a symbiotic relationship with peonies. They arrive in force as the plants develop and eat the sugar from the buds. Once they eat the sugar, they generally move on to sweeter territory. Some people may advise you to kill the ants with insecticide, but this is unnecessary. Ants do no harm whatsoever to your peonies. Insecticides on the other hand???
Staking Peonies ~ A man once told me he didn’t like peonies because the flowers are too big and they flop over into the dirt. How can a peony be too big, I ask? Never! And besides, this delightful dilemma is easily and inexpensively addressed. Try these staking methods: Place three, 3’ bamboo stakes just on the outside of the plant and then wrap garden twine around the stakes to hold up the stems. Alternatively, simply wrap garden twine around the stems about 18 – 24” above the base of the plant. Retie the twine to keep taut as you cut flowers. Either approach is easy, cheap and effective.
Best Peony Varieties for Northern California ~ I am sure everyone’s experience with growing peonies varies based on individual garden conditions (sun, water, soil quality, fertility, etc) and individual tastes. I offer the following based on my experience growing 900 peony plants in zone 9 in Northern California. To be listed below, these peony plants must be top producers, have strong stems and be sought after by my customers. I do not list stem length as a criteria because my buyers accept my stem lengths, which average 20 – 24 inches, but can sometimes be as short as 16 inches. For my customers, flower quality is most important and this is what I offer.
- Whites – Gardenia, Festiva Maxima, Dr. FG Brethour, Nick Shaylor and Charlie’s White.
- Pinks – Sarah Bernhardt, Minuet, Raspberry Sundae, Dr. Alexander Fleming and Eden’s Perfume
- Reds – Kansas, Henry Bockstoce, Paul Wild and Red Charm
- Corals – Coral Sunset, Coral Charm, Coral Supreme
- Japanese Varieties – Charles Burgess, Barrington Belle, Largo and Sea Shell
News From Bodacious Blooms Flower Farm
Ranunculus Bright & Beautiful!
Each fall I plant three types of imported Italian Biancheri ranunculus: Cloni Success, Cloni Pon-Pon and Elegance Series. The Biancheri family has been growing ranunculus for decades and spends considerable resources on research and development that enhance their varieties. Their ranunculus are known worldwide for their color, flower size, stem length/strength and shelf-life. Their flowers are superb in all regards.
I harvest these flowers in April and early May and have flowers available in gorgeous shades of pink, salmon, purple, orange, yellow, red, white, cream and blush. Ranunculus are fabulous by themselves or in combination with peonies.
More Peonies in 2019
I have more peonies coming into maturity and will have several new varieties next spring. These include in white, Festiva Supreme, Bowl of Cream, Mother’s Choice and Duchesse de Nemours. I will also have in red, Henry Bockstoce and Paul Wild. In pink, I will have Mrs. FDR, June Rose and Minuet. These are great additions to the 35 other varieties already in
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