TP pruning

Floral Architecture
Sun, 01 Aug 2004 10:31:04 PDT
Well, since the issue of pruning them has been brought
up, I will add a depressing footnote. 
At my uncle's house (OH), where the majority of my
peony experience and joy comes from, we have a small
animal that is going to be made into a stew if they
are not removed soon. I'm speaking of the #&$&&#^$#
They striped every bud from the TP this year. Thank
heavens that I planted them deep enough to still have
buds below the ground. A full, 3' tall 'Rimpoh' was
reduced to the 3 or 4 underground buds. And it wasn't
like they ate one or two of them in one bed. They ate
almost all of them. They spared maybe 3 or 4 plants
out of 20+. 
They even ate the bark from the dogwood, crabapple
saplings, the barberries (thorns and all), the
azaleas, and there was something else major that I
can't think of right now. 
So, as a point, TP can take heavy pruning and still
come back. This would also translate to hard winters
in areas of z4 or maybe lower. Mulch and they should
be fine. 
So, I now see that all the TP will need to be screened
in each fall to keep the little ------- out of there.
It would have been the first year for many of these to
bloom but, that didn't happen. Now I have to wait
another year for some results. 

John Ingram in L.A., CA. check it out
310.709.1613 (cell, west coast time, please call accordingly. Thank you)

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