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By wagger

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An exciting day today! I went out to photograph the Paeonia delavayi var. lutea buds -

After that I went to check the pots in my propagating area and found -

It’s two and a half years since I planted these Paeonia delavayi seeds and four have popped their heads up at once. Certainly shows not to throw old pots of seed away for a LONG time. Does anybody know if these ‘suffer’ from double-dormancy? Anyway, I’m thrilled!

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I can imagine that Wagger. What a lovely surprise. I can't wait for the next episode. I don't know the plant at all.

13 Mar, 2009

 

Certainly worth the wait Wagger.

13 Mar, 2009

 

Yes worth waiting for.

13 Mar, 2009

 

That's amazing :o)

13 Mar, 2009

 

Fresh paeony seed should germinate reasonably well but if it is left to harden, it may well take longer. Well done for being patient

13 Mar, 2009

 

Considering that the original plant arrived courtesy of a passing bird I think I've been quite lucky. Yes, it was worth the wait - I will be able to plant another one and give some away. Hopefully will have seed to exchange later in the year.
When you say fresh, Andrew do you mean open the seed pod while it's still green? These were sown as soon as the seed pods opened.

13 Mar, 2009

 

Marguerite, it's the very first photo on 'my photos'. Grows to about 2 metres and makes a big clump. Lovely foliage too.

13 Mar, 2009

 

Excellent Wagger. You are very patient. I probably would have tossed the pots long ago. How long now until you can expect flowers?

14 Mar, 2009

 

That'e brilliant news Wagger. Never give up.

14 Mar, 2009

 

Gilli, on the existing plant May-June, on the seedlings three-four years.
and Blodyn, yes it's taught me more patience.

14 Mar, 2009

 

I think you got the seeds at the right stage wagger. I was quoting from a book on propogation - I guess they mean don't keep the seed and then think about sowing it - do it right away (as you did)

14 Mar, 2009

 

Lots of healthy growth there Wagger...will look super when in flower ! Well done for being so patient !

14 Mar, 2009

 

OOooh, that's given me hope!! I've some "old" peony seeds, which I'm going to pot up now!!! Thanks!!!

17 Mar, 2009

 

P.s., Andrewr, does that mean I need to "soak" the seeds first?

17 Mar, 2009

 

Noooooooooo! I just went to the kitchen drawer and discovered the packet that said Peony seeds is empty!!!!!! I went thro' the drawer, trying to find any seeds, but all I could find were loads of coffee coloured things that looked like dead fleas without the legs. Sorry, can't think of any other way to describe them. Oh well. :-(

17 Mar, 2009

 

Yep, some peony seeds do need a double dormancy. (internet research)

20 Mar, 2009

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