Peony Chameleon ~ Dwarf Hybrid
Very Early Hybrid, single lavender pink blooms on compact bushes with gray-green foliage, it belongs to the "Rock Garden Peonies" group, (William Krekler-Roy G. Klehm, USA).
Rock Garden PeoniesPeony Chameleon belongs to the Rock Garden Peonies These rock garden peonies are the shortest varieties we grow! Very charming, herbaceous perennials, our rock garden peonies have foliage, texture and blossoms sized in perfect proportion to their smaller stature. Rock-garden varieties are named for their short heights (generally below 21") and their adaptability for today's smaller landscapes and gardens.
Peonies love good drained rich organic nutritious soils. Over the years we have developed a tedious process for growing the highest quality of peonies possible. As our company is located in the northern part of the Netherlands, we are blessed and cursed with a heavy clay soil. On the one hand side this soil is perfect for peony growth and therefore nature helps us to grow the biggest, highest quality peonies fast. On the other hand the clay ground forces us to take extensive measures before storing or exporting the peony roots. For cut-flower production it doesn't matter, once planted they enjoy the rich nutritious clay soil and become to compare with sand soils,, not only stronger as plant in general, but also much faster into production and shown bigger size Peony heads!
Peony planting of Chameleon
Peonies can be planted manually or mechanically. We have chosen to plant our Exclusive Peonies manually and the other Peonies by machine.
Before planting the peonies, the soil needs to be prepared well. This is a crucial element in the peony growing process. First the soil where the roots is grown needs to be properly flattened and drained in order to prevent potential water damage (from heavy rain).
After having cultivated the land properly (with a milling- or spade-machine) the roots are to be planted at a depth of 2 - 3 cm. This depth is very decisive because if the roots are planted too deep, the production of flowers will diminish or even completely vanish. The distance between the cuttings depends on the variety. Some varieties need more or less space than others. Furthermore, the time-period that roots will remain on a particular spot has to be taken into consideration as well.
Fertilizing and Weeding the Peonies
Peonies must be fertilized during the winter months. There is no rule to the amount of usage of each element (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium), because this depends on the nature of the soil. Peonies flourish best on soil with a pH from 6 to 7.
During the winter season chemicals against weeds can be used as well. It is important to do this during the cold season, because then the roots are at "rest" (dormant). Otherwise the roots are apt to absorb the chemicals which will cause damage to the peony.
When the young root starts growing in spring several kind of preventive fungicides can be used. This can be persisted until two weeks before harvesting.
Theo is about to 'feed' the peonies
Upcoming of the Peonies in Early Spring
When the first Peonies show up in February / March, the use of wind fences can be most helpful to protect the still vulnerable peony plants. The fences are usually placed from the east to west to keep the cold northern wind out.
No gates are placed from south to north because that allows the wind to keep the plants dry and prevent the spread of Botrytis. When the plants are still small and vulnerable to diseases, copper sulphate can be used to ensure a firm and healthy plant. Several fungicides can be used to protect the plants against Botrytis (preventive).
Mowing the Peonies
The mowing of peonies takes place at the end of August. It is very important that all dead organic material is removed because all kind of diseases lives in dead organic material.
This material can be gathered by a tractor with a sweeping tool attached or by hand with picking forks. The last remains must always be removed manually.
Regarding peony farm "Peonyshop.com" Scholten-Keeman
Peony Growers Peonyshop.com nowadays solely focuses at getting exclusive, high top quality peonies. It has not always been this situation. This particular organization carries an broad background starting off in 1875 with Simon Scholten that also has been growing fresh fruit for income.
In 2001 the particular company developed their very own new promotion-name & logo design "Peonyshop.com" and after that they started concentrating on increasing unique peonies. In the year 2002 the particular corporation opened up their very own on-line peonyshop together with Peonies & Buxus. In the year 2003 Joshua Scholten began with raising peonies. After that in 2004 this organization started to foreign trade peonies of the Netherlands all-around European countries, Usa and also Asian countries.
Nowadays our own peony nursery is focused on improving and spreading unique, high-quality peony roots which have been marketed and exported to globally. In addition the particular company also cut peonies mainly supporting the Dutch peony flower market.The things we pride:
- The excellent quality of our own product
- The capacity to export across the globe
- Our new broad assortment peonies like Chameleon
- The peony crame of substantial full potential seedlings
About growing Chameleon a peony
Fall is without a question the best moment regarding planting a peony. The peonies are usually incredibly long-lived plants sustaining nearly fifty up to 70 yrs, so as soon as an individual have the peonies placed in the correct manner, an individual definitely will enjoy the peonies for many, many years. These plants have a preference for the shiny area with a well-drained dirt. A good air movement available the the peony plant is significant. These kinds of conditions assist these plants to prevent disease problems. To make a seeding hole designed for a bareroot peony plant, dig the dirt to a depth around 12-18". Work with a garden fork to release the edges of the seeding hole at the same time. It is usually extremely significant that the particular "eyes, ", or growing nodes, located close to the base of the old stem, end up no more than 2 inches below the dirt surface.