Seed Swaps

Maybe a good Deal?

20 Jun 2012
Storms 32°C / 90°F

I was at my local big box retailer, the one with greeters, and they were selling their bulbs for 50% off. I know it is late in the season but the Peonies and the Dahlias I already have as so beautiful and I would love more in my garden.

I gently held the bags, pressed the bulbs to test for hardness and squinted to see if I could find new growth indicating the bulbs were still good. I know I am not going to get flowers this year, I just wanted to get them in the ground and baby them. Well my poking and prodding indicated the dahlias were still viable but very iffy about the Peonies.

Once home I soaked them in rain water for 60 minutes, let them rest for 30 minutes and then gave another good soaking. Finally, I planted them in 6" pots with 100 pure compost and soaked the soil really well.

As I thought the dahlias bulbs were fine and I don’t think I will have any trouble with them. They were plumb, firm and showed new growth. On the other hand, check out the Peonies photo below and let me know your thoughts, I think there is just a little new growth.

What do y’all think? Good Deal or not, the Dahlias were $1.50 each and $3 for (2) Peonies roots.
Also, any tips on how to baby them???* I put them in pots so I could move them in and out of full sun, keep out of the reach of deer/rabbits and better monitor for new growth. I will transplant in the fall to their final home.





Folia Helper

United States5b

Good deal. After all, gardeners take chances every day! And I think putting them in pots is a smart thing.

Posted on 22 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Not too positive about those peonies, but what have you got to lose by planting them? I’d pot them up, just in case they can recover.

Posted on 22 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Ditto, ditto. For sure, a good deal.

Posted on 23 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Three years to bloom on the peony, right? I think I fell in love with them again after a friend of mine picked one that was heavenly… beautiful. I do think you have a good deal, and good luck to get them going!

Posted on 23 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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