Has anyone had any luck growing peonies in South FL? I saw some peony bulbs in Walmart this week and was tempted to buy them butdon't they require a certain amount of chill time? The package did not provide much info.
tHEY SELL THEM TO UNSUSPECTING NOSTALGICS LIKE YOU AND ME, BUT THEY WILL NEVER GROW OR BLOOM HERE. I AM IN ZONE 9B WHICH IS EVEN COOLER THAN YOURS AND I BOUGTH THEM BEFORE I KNEW BETTER. PEONIES NEED TO GO THROUGH VERY COLD WINTER TEMPS IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BLOOM AND THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN THIS FAR SOUTH. SHAME ON WALMART!
They don't last for more than a season or two in z9 so I don't think you'll have any luck in z10. Sorry. I miss them too.
I just read a post from a gardener in Alabama who said that peonies don't do well there because of the heat. ALA is zone 7-8. I love peonies as well, but in z10 I think that we can just forget about them.
PS - some large flowering triple hibiscus sorta look like peonies, and we can grow those here, plus they flower year round.
One of the big ruffly camellias may work too.
Thanks, guys. I love all the tropical plants that thrive in SoFl, but I am a greedy gardener. I want to grow all the things I loved to grow up North too! I guess I should just be happy with my hibiscus and bouganvilla. Thanks for all the responses!
Wayside sells one they claim will work in zone 9 but I called the horticulturist and he said don't even try. I did read somewhere about some trick about packing them in ice or something like that, ANybody know?
They just can't take the heat. They will wilt and falter if they even get a touch of our direct sun.
I had trouble growing peonies in the Atlanta area when I lived up there--summers were too warm and wet. Not enough winter up there either!
Please, make the adjustment to the area in which you live!
Just looking at the Wayside catalog. They have one peoney they say can go in zone 9 and a couple of tree peonies.
If you really, really want to grow them you can "reverse cycle" Get ones that have been pre chilled ,plant out in Oct. grow until May or when they decline. Dig them up clean them VERY well put them in cloth bags in the refrigerator until Oct, and start over . If we have a particularly cool winter you will get some flowers if not you'll get some spindly growth. This works with most of the temperate bulbs but sure is a lot of work .lol gary
Couldn't a person make a "sack" out of chicken wire...put the bulbs and peonies into it...plant with all the needed drainage, mulch, ect. in pots...then when it's time to remove them...just pull of the chicken wire with the bulbs in it...put in paper bag and refrigerate or freeze?