pbs Digest, Vol 18, Issue 44

Floral Architecture floralartistry2000@yahoo.com
Fri, 30 Jul 2004 15:29:37 PDT
Jim asked,

"You mentioned that your plant of Shimanishiki has the
herbaceous roots 
inches down. The typical, newly purchased grafted
Japanese tree peony
rarely has six inches of tree peony scion. So your
plant must be 
years old, and must have grown well, too. Did you
start it with the
herbaceous stock six inches down? Or have you shifted
it deeper 
gradually? "

My plant was purchased at a local nursery in OH. It
was a decent size. I planted it about 4" down with
only a few buds about the soil line. Then, I slowly
moved it down since I had to dig it up anyway. 

As far as the flowers on it (Shimanishiki), they are
somewhat unstable. I have three of them planted
around/under/near an old crabapple. They really just
started flowering last year. This year there was a
bloom or two on each plant. Each plant had several
colors on the flowers. By this I mean, some were pure
white, some pure red/plum, some a splotching of both
colors. I was hoping for a white with red splotchs on
all of them but, oh well. Variety is the spice of
life, right? 

John Ingram in L.A., CA. 
http://www.floralarchitecture.com/ check it out 
310.709.1613 (cell, west coast time, please call accordingly. Thank you)

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