Peony Little Red Gem ~ Dwarf Hybrid
Early Herbaceous Hybrid, single red, delicate bright red single blooms on nicely rounded plant, fine cut foliage, dwarf, mound type, slender strong stems, Award of Landscape Merit 2010, (David Reath 1988).
Rock Garden PeoniesPeony Little Red Gem is a dwarf Peony 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 Little Red Gem
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 peonynursery "Peonyshop.com"
Peony nursery Scholten - Keeman at the moment specifically centers at improving exclusive, great high quality peonies. It hasn't always been this situation. This specific organization has an unique history getting started in the year 1875 together with Simon Scholten that also was growing veggies for money.
During 2001 this company developed their new advertising-name & brand "Peonyshop.com" and after that they started putting attention on expanding unique peonies. In the year 2002 the corporation opened up their shop on the web", the: peonyshop together with Peonies & Buxus. Within 2003 Joshua Scholten started out with multiplying peonies. After that in 2004 this corporation began to export peonies out of the Netherlands all over European countries, Usa plus Asia.
Nowadays our own peony nursery is specialized in maximizing and developing exceptional, high quality peony roots that can be marketed and released anywhere in the world. In addition the particular firm also reduce peonies mainly helping the Dutch peony flower industry.The things we pride:
- The premium quality of our product
- The ability to foreign trade world-wide
- Our own enormous assortment peonies like Little_Red_Gem
- Our crame of large full potential seedlings
About Little_Red_Gem peony plants
Fall is definitely the best time for growing peonies. Nearly all peony plants are usually incredibly long-lived plants sustaining close to 50 to a maximum of 70 years, so right after you have the peonies placed correctly, a person is going to enjoy the plants for years. Peonies prefer the sunlit area together with a well-drained dirt. A good air flow circulation presented around the peonie can also be significant. All of these surroundings help these plants to avoid disease problems. To prepare the seeding hole intended for a bareroot peony, dig the dirt to the depth of 12-18". Work with garden tools to remove the sides of the particular seeding hole at the same time. It is always really important and vital that the "eyes", or growth nodes, located nearby the bottom of the old stem, end up no more than 2 inches beneath the ground area.