Bluish Mold on Peony Roots

nansnurseryApril 28, 2009

I live in Northern California and have 2 very successful peonies I grew from bare roots. I ordered 3 more last year, but was unable to plant them until now.

I opened the package and found them covered in a bluish mold. The root is still firm, but I don't know if they're still good.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I just love peonies and would hate to throw them away. Please help!!!

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Without seeing the roots or knowing how long you have them I would go ahead and plant them. First year roots I always pot to have better control for the first year and then plant them in the garden in the fall after the rainy season starts. When you plant them in the garden they must be planted high enough that the buds are exposed to air temperatures for most of California to get enough winter chilling. Al

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 10:04AM
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I was reading about grafting last night and it said to soak parts in a bleach solution before making cuts. You might want to try something like that.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2009 at 3:36PM
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