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Dormant season temperature recommendations for Peony

Peony
Paeonia lactiflora
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During the cold winter months, Peony needs a certain measure of cold in order to stay in dormancy until it’s time to sprout. Sprouting too early, that is before the danger of the last frost has passed, can be fatal to Peony, especially if it’s already had a head start when the frost hits. Winter temperatures should ideally stay below 32℉(0℃), but if they get up to 40℉(5℃), everything will be just fine.
An unexpected warm spell during the cold months, which can happen in more temperate climates like woodland rainforests, can trigger a premature sprout from Peony. In this case, if there’s still imminent danger of frost, you may want to try covering it with clear plastic on stakes so that the cold has less of a chance of damaging the new sprout. This setup can be removed when the danger of frost has passed. Occasionally, Peony will be able to resprout at the correct time without any help, but this method increases the chances of a successful second sprouting.
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)
Peony
A species of Peonies, Also known as Common garden peony, White peony
Botanical name: Paeonia lactiflora
Genus: Peonies
Description
Peony is a perennial herbaceous bushy plant native to central and eastern Asia. It is highly regarded for its lush, white, pink, or crimson rose-like flowers, with pronounced yellow stamens. White peony was first introduced to England in the mid-18th century, and today there are several hundred cultivars common in temperate gardens around the world.
Garden Use
Peonies are famous ornamental plants, and are easily maintained in pots or gardens. Peonies can be divided into two groups: Paeonia lactiflora (Chinese herbaceous peony) is a perennial herb, while Paeonia suffruticosa (tree peony) is a perennial woody plant. Tree peonies bloom in late spring, and Chinese herbaceous peony blooms in late spring and early summer. The flowers of peonies are large, fragrant, bright, and colorful.
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