Peony Colonel Owen Cousins
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- SHIPS Beginning in fall
- ZONEPerennial zones 2-8
- INCLUDES1 large 3-5 eye bare root, planting instructions, and a wooden plant marker
- Botanical NamePaeonia
The Colonel is a sweetheart of ours here at Plantgem, with his noble, picturesque, pure white double bloom. Delicate copper edging just to make it sparkle. Perhaps the perfect flower? You be the judge.
- HEIGHT24-36" when full grown
- LIGHTFull sun to part shade
- DEER Deer resistant
- KIDS+PETS Non-toxic, edible petals
- CLIMATE Prefers cold winters
- WATER Regular water
- INDOOR+POTSIn-ground or in a large container outdoors
How to Plant
Soak your Peony root in room temperature water for about 2-4 hours to rehydrate it before planting. Dig a whole about twice the size of the root, (or choose a pot about 3 times the size of the root), then fill the hole/pot with dirt so that you place the roots on soft soil, at a depth just below the surface of the ground or rim of the pot. Fill in the hole around the peony with the remaining soil, tucking in the roots gently, so that the top of your plant (the stem and eyes) is buried *just* below the surface. Now - this is important - you have to plant it at the correct depth or it will not flower. Now give your roots a few solid pats to compress the soil around it, a long drink of water, and stick your Plantgem marker on the spot so you’ll remember where your Peony lives now.
Where to Plant
Find a place with good well-draining soil that gets a decent amount of sun, some afternoon shade, and protection from the wind. Space plants about 24" apart.
When to Plant
Bare root peonies can be planted in spring or fall. The plants are not frost tender, so they can be planted 2 to 3 weeks before your frost free date in the spring or after your first frost in the fall. Plant within a day or two of receiving your root.
When to Expect Blooms
For a couple of glorious weeks in the early summer. (Although it can take a year or two to get reliable blooms). Some varieties bloom earlier than others, so don’t be alarmed if your peonies don’t bloom all at once.
Water regularly until they get established, and then give them extra water when they are setting buds. Cut the foliage and stems down to the ground when it wilts with the onset of frost.
If you have cold winters, mulch the roots in the winter. If you have hot summers, give it some afternoon shade. Provide support for the large blooms, if needed. The petals of Peony flowers are edible, and make a lovely garnish for sweets and drinks.