Floral Architecture
Fri, 30 Jul 2004 13:48:42 PDT
Herbaceous peonies are well known to be able to
produce random eyes on the roots if they are removed
from the mother crown. Some grow better than other but
all have the potential. 
Also, the girdling of the herbaceous stock does not
happen in a single growing season. It will not start
to reduce the "juice" until maybe the 3rd or 4th
season. By this time, the tree peony will have
produced roots of it's own. The herbaceous root is
never completely severed and does still provide food
and nutrients to the TP until one day it is dug up and
permanently cut off. 
I can attest to the fact that herbaceous roots can
produce side shoots and my TP graft was not able to
grow as a result. Two years in a row I have dug up one
'Shimanishiki' plant and removed several sections of
the herbaceous root. They had produced randon eyes
that grow even though they are 6" below the soil.
Luckily, the TP has begun to prouce it's own roots and
if I get another growth next year, the herbaceous root
is coming off! I feel sorry for this one plant being
continuously dug up each year. 

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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