Sunday, August 16, 2015


 Sunday, August 16, 2015

Just a quick note of interest on caring for your peonies and insuring better bloom next year. Mid August in New England is when peonies set buds on the root stock for the following year. The best bud production requires moisture in the soil. Although we have  

received what might seem like a great deal of rain this summer, the wind usually followed the rain and dried up what we received.

If you want to enjoy significantly more peony bloom in 2016, be sure to water your peonies well right now. A 5 gallon bucket of water on each plant a couple times a week for the next couple weeks will really make the difference.

Don't fertilize the plants as it's too late to encourage more root growth that won't get a chance to harden off before soil temperatures drop below 50 degrees in mid October here.

Just provide the extra water and next June-July you will see the difference. It will make you smile!

Writing from the mountain above Peacham Pond where the temperature is an even 64 degrees and very warm days are expected for today and tomorrow.

George Africa
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