Early Hybrid, single, white, the long milk-white petals are rounded and edged deep magenta-pink, crimson stems, a charmingly dwarf plant that belongs to the "Dwarf" peony group, (Saunders 1949).
Professor A. P. Saunders HybridsPeony Picotee has been breed by Professor A.P. Saunders a chemistry Professor at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York during the early part of the 20th century, Professor Saunders is today considered the "Father" of the modern hybrid peony. He carried out extensive, scientifically based breeding programs with both herbaceous and Tree Peonies with the assistance of friends at the New York Botanical Garden. His Tree Peony work centered on the intercrossing of two species, the yellow flowered P. lutea and the orange-red P. delavayi with existing classical Japanese Moutan varieties. The resultant progeny produced a range of flower colors from lemon and golden yellow to ivory and pearl shades frequently blended and suffused with purple and pink, plus a few strawberry-red cultivars. In all cases, the flowers are displayed above attractive cut-leaf foliage. Eventually his daughter, Silvia took over her father's nursery, and after several decades Professor Saunders hybrids are still in great demand by gardeners worldwide.
Rock Garden PeoniesPeony Picotee is a Dwarf Peony that 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 Picotee
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.
About peonynursery "Peonyshop.com" Scholten-Keeman Lutjebroek
Peony Growers Peonyshop.com at this time specifically concentrates at increasing unique, high superior quality peonies. This hasn't been always the main scenario. This specific firm carries a rich back ground starting off in 1875 with Simon Scholten that has been growing vegetables for her income.
In the year 2001 this particular firm created their very own modern advertising-label & brand "Peonyshop.com" and as a result they started concentrating on growing exceptional peonies. During the year 2002 the firm launched their very own on-line peonyshop together with Peonies & Buxus. During 2003 Joshua Scholten began with multiplying peonies. Than in 2004 this business began to foreign trade peonies from the Netherlands throughout Europe, Usa and additionally Asian countries.
Right now our peony nursery is specialised in growing and spreading exceptional, high-quality peony roots that happen to be sold and released globally. Aside from that we additionally cut peonies mainly supporting the Dutch peony flower market place.The things we pride:
- The high quality of our own product
- Our capability to export across the globe
- Our own extensive collection peonies like Picotee
- The peony crame of high full potential seedling peonies
About growing Picotee a peony
The fall season is truly the right moment for seeding peonies. A lot of peonies are generally amazingly long-term-lived plants staying alive nearly 50 to a max of 70 yrs, so as soon an individual have them placed in the correct manner, an individual definitely will enjoy them for years. These plants have a preference for the sunlit spot together with a well-drained soil. A high quality air circulation available around the plant is also essential. These special surroundings assist these plants to prevent disease problems. To prepare a seeding hole for a bareroot peony, dig the soil to a level of 12-18". Work with garden tools to release the edges of the particular growing hole as well. It is always extremely crucial that the particular "eye", or growth, nodes, located close to the base of the old stem, end up no greater than Two inch below the soil surface area.