Sprouts from below graft - tree peony

carlanne(7 NJ coastal)April 9, 2005

I have had a very small tree peony for 2 seasons. Last spring it sprouted from below the graft. I removed the sprouts. The plant grew some but did not bloom. Again this spring there are sprouts from the below graft root. I plan to remove them. I would like advice from an experienced person. Thank you.

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goodhors(z5 MI)

I also remove any sprouts below the graft. Some plants are more persistant about sprouting than others, will send some up every year.

My Tree Peonies seemed to take a year or two to settle in, before blooming. One that I bought in bloom did not bloom again after being planted. This is its' third year, and I will move it if I get no flowers this season. I am wondering if the open location is too windy during winter, maybe killing flower buds. It has nice foliage, just not any flowers. There is a second Tree Peony that was grown from seed in that location, also has never bloomed. Both these were nice sized when purchased, bigger than the cheap ones that bloomed the first year after planting. Sun and dirt are both good, but that is the windy side of the house. I figure on at least two years to let them settle in is fair, but then they should be doing something in the flower department.

The small, inexpensive ($10) ones that bloomed the next year for me are out of the wind, had only half day of sun. Came in several different colors, but I don't know it that makes them a superior plant. They did skip blooming the second year, but bloomed again the third. They have gotten bigger sticks and added foliage since planting, though still smaller than the purchased larger, but non-blooming plants.

I cut off all of the seed pods to allow plant energy to go into leaves and growth.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2005 at 9:32PM
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Carlanne, how deep did you plant your tree peony? The graft should be below soil a good 7 to 9 inches..

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    Bookmark   April 9, 2005 at 11:58PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Yes, put the graft way below soil level and you shouldn't see any more herbaceous sprouts. Eventually you may also get roots from the tree peony itself. Watch out for tree peony buds growing from below the soil line, those are OK.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 12:10PM
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carlanne(7 NJ coastal)

Thank you for your responses. Perhaps the root portion which happens to be on an angle is not deep enough. No new sprouts at present, and it does have a bud. A house near ours which was professionally landscaped many years ago, but has since been all but unlived in due to family situations, has two marvelous tree peonies out front. Both are covered by buds. Nothing has been done to these plants or any others on the property in the 6 years I have lived across from them. Frustrating to see, but maybe there is a good lesson also.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2005 at 6:23PM
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