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Peony Root Seller Virginia

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Questions about blooming, planting, and more?


Learn about our Peony Root Production Process

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Instructions on How To Plant Peonies


What is the difference between Lactiflora, Hybrid and Itoh types of peonies?


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do I place my order?
    We usually come online in January with the offer for the new season. It is best to place your order as early as possible to prevent the variety you want from selling out. Your order is a so-called pre-order. We make estimates of the quantities that we think we can harvest/cut and offer. Nothing is as changeable as the weather. Due to climatic conditions, less can be harvested. But of course we don't assume this.
  • How will my order be delivered?
    From our headquarters in the Netherlands (Molenaar Agriculture) we ensure that all orders are prepared for shipment: The peony roots are packed in bags with peat and, depending on the number of roots, go in a matching box or per 30 in a crate. In the past we did the shipment from the Netherlands to America by boat, but from now on we do this by plane to avoid delays as much as possible. From there they go to a broker who sends them to your home.
  • What about delivery in Canada?
    We ship the roots by plane to a broker in Canada, which the products collects there and then delivers to customers in Canada.
  • When will I receive my roots?
    This year! (2024)
  • How big are the roots you sell?
    We sell all our roots with 3-5 eyes (growth points), these are healthy, high-quality roots of which you will already see signals of a flower in the first year. We cannot guarantee this, it of course depends on local circumstances. Our planting instructions will maximize that chance. Our roots distinguishes itself because we shorten the roots of the roots as little as possible. We believe in: 'the larger the root, the more growth there is'. Young, healthy roots that grow at our cultivation location. Here we use a 2-year cycle that is not cut. Below you can see an example of the roots that we sell. Please note, this is an example: of course no two spots are the same.
  • When do peonies bloom?
    Through the Peony USA website, you can choose very-early through very-late bloomers. Based on where you live, “early” and “late” will depend on your planting zone; however, the peony is a “Spring” flower. For example, peonies can bloom from late April through early June. In Alaska, their ground is still frozen in May, so they would plan to see the early bloomers a solid month or more later.
  • Why are my peonies not blooming?
    The most common causes: -Plants are too young and immature. Let them develop. (Peonies are for the patient and planners) - Plants are planted too deep. Plant top root eyes at no more than 2-3 inches below soil level. - Plants have too much competition from surrounding trees and shrubs. - Plants have too much shade that encourages tall leafy plants and no blooms. Peonies need full sun or at least 6 hours of sun a day. - Too much nitrogen was applied which encourages foliage not flowers. Phosphorous or potassium will strengthen roots. - Plants are undernourished. Buds show, but do not develop. Add a little fertilizer or compost to the soil for strength. - Buds killed by late frost. - Excessively hot weather. Late, full double varieties often fail from this cause. - Buds attacked by pests. Spray to prevent this. - Buds that become water-logged will turn brown and refuse to open. - Ground is too dry. Water down to the bottom of roots. - Roots infected with nematodes or fungus. Destroy them!! Believe it or not…Peonies are surprisingly easy to grow and require truly little maintenance. Really the perfect perennial! Peonies are extremely long-lived plants; they can frequently outlive their gardener! Thorough initial soil preparation will ensure success growing your new peonies. Remember: the ideal recommended transplant time for peonies is anytime during the fall season when the ground is not frozen. We have also had great luck planting in VA in March if it’s been a relatively warm winter and the ground is not frozen. Peonies MUST have a cold dormancy period every year to bloom again and thrive in the spring.
  • Where should I plant my roots?
    Select a sunny, well-drained location for your peonies. They will tolerate some shade; however, they should have at least a half-day of sunshine. The best blooms are usually found on plants growing in full sunlight. Do not plant near large trees or heavy shrubs that will suck up all the nutrients and water. Plants may be spaced from two to four feet apart according to desired effect in the landscape. Some landscaping ideas include borders, group plantings, mass plantings, plant with other shrubs, perennials, bulbs or (gasp!) annuals, to provide color and texture when peonies are done blooming. Who has time for annuals??
  • Let’s talk about these Planting Zones.
    Herbaceous peonies do best in USDA zones 2-8. However, if you live in a warmer climate and would like to grow peonies, here are a few suggestions. - Choose earlier blooming types that blossom before the heat of summer. - Single and semi double forms also fare better than the double or bomb types. - Plant the roots no deeper than 2-3 inches below the soil surface, watering only as needed. - After their spectacular blooming season, the peonies will begin to die back in preparation for a period of needed dormancy. - Remove and burn any foliage to avoid disease problems. - Some proven warmer climate varieties include Kansas, Angel Cheek, Coral Sunset, Kelway’s Glorious, and Paul M Wild.
  • Okay, so I prepped my soil, planted my wonderful roots, I should have gorgeous peonies in about 6 months, right?
    Well, not so fast, eager beaver…The first spring after planting, a top-quality peony root will make a little plant. It may bloom and it may not. Do not worry if it does not. First year peony blooms rarely give a true picture of the variety. The second year, the number of stems has usually doubled, and the growth is taller. Some varieties can take several years to produce normal flowers. By the third year, you should be off to the races, with enough flowers to keep your house looking cheerful and smelling delightful all spring. Or, if you are a commercial grower, you probably know already to start looking for help to harvest your stems to sell.
  • How do you package the peony roots?
    The roots you order from us is first rinsed clean and carefully cut. After this, they receive a warm water treatment with UV light to kill nematodes, fungi and bacteria and they receive a disinfection shower to prevent fungi and bacteria. The roots are placed separately for each type in bags filled with peat dust to prevent them from drying out and to stimulate the growth of the hair root. Depending on the quantity of pieces, these bags go into a matching cardboard box or a plastic lily crate with a label and plant passport. Planting instructions are included.
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