Peonies are one of the most common plants in the front garden. It is easy to care for them, shrubs grow wide, bloom profusely for several months and delight with a wide palette of shades thanks to the painstaking work of breeders. Among the varieties beloved by domestic plant growers, Lorelei stands out especially.
This herbaceous interspecific hybrid shows bright, voluminous flowers of an orange-pink hue. The buds have a diamond shape, they are densely terry. If you plant a bush in the sun, and not in partial shade, as experts recommend, the color loses its brightness, as the petals fade in the sun and can become a peach hue. According to the description proposed by the breeders, there are no lateral buds during the formation of the peduncle, the diameter of the flower is 14 cm, with a bush height of 65 cm. The aroma of peony emits light, to feel it, the flower will need to be brought close to the face.
The described species does not apply to early flowering. The bushes are low, the stems are strong, therefore, even with abundant flowering, supports are not needed. Foliage is green, standard for peony shape.
The plant is great for the garden, florists grow it with great popularity, since small buds look amazing in a bouquet.
Peony requires little care until it is planted in the right place. These flowers react very poorly to the transplant, so you should not resort to the procedure if this is not particularly necessary.
In most of the country, peonies are planted in the fall: at the end of September and in October, and a little later in the south. Peonies will need to be immersed in the ground six weeks before the first frost, just as much is needed for the plant to take root. Bushes planted in spring lag behind in growth by about a year from planted bushes in autumn.
The soil must be fertile, rich in humus, moist, but well-drained. The ideal pH is neutral. The plant needs to provide shelter from strong winds. They plant it away from trees or large shrubs, as peonies do not like to compete for nutrients and moisture.
Between the bushes should remain at least a meter of free space, which will provide the necessary air circulation.
To plant a tuber, a pit 60 cm deep and wide is required. It is best to add organic material to the bottom, which will serve as a top dressing for several years. If the soil is heavy or very sandy, it is additionally enriched with compost. The tuber is immersed in a pit to a depth of 5 centimeters, then filled with soil. It will need to be slightly tamped, thus air pockets are removed. After planting produce high-quality watering.
Peonies are propagated by dividing the root system. You can only separate bushes from three years old. The place of cut is best treated with a solution of activated carbon or manganese to prevent damage to the fungus.
It’s easy to take care of the plant, usually peonies need several years to take root at the landing site. Unlike most perennials, for high-quality flowering, they do not need to be excavated and separated. Consider some tips for caring for such plants.
- Fertilizer should be applied long before the peony is planted in the ground. If the soil is poor, then the best fertilizing will be bone meal, compost or well-rotted manure, which is covered in soil at the beginning of summer, after the peonies have bloomed. Do not fertilize more than once every few years.
- Sometimes the stems are not strong enough to withstand giant flowers. In this case, additional supports can be provided.
- Before wintering, the plant is pruned under the root. Such pruning is a quality prevention of many diseases.
- Nim oil and a solution of insecticidal soap help fight aphids and other insects. From fungal infections fungicides help best. Bacterial infections are not treated, but you can try to cure the flower if you orient in time and remove the damaged shoots.
- Peony is not watered too often, the main thing is that the soil remains moderately moist. On hot days, moisture can be maintained with the help of mulch laid around the plant. In regions where winters are cold, in the first winter after planting, you can mulch the soil with needles or shredded bark. Mulch is removed in the spring.
The variety is very beautiful, has a unique color. According to reviews of plant growers, it does not require much attention, only high-quality timely watering and the absence of transplants. Top dressing is practically not needed in the first five years, then you can add a little humus to the soil.
Of the shortcomings, one can note the rarity of peony, since it is not so easy to find it. However, it is quite possible to order it on the network and then propagate it using one of the proposed methods.
An overview of the Lorelei peony see below.