Peonies are truly one of the most beautiful flowers that can be grown in the home garden. However, the most luxurious of them are still hybrid varieties that look very exotic. In this article, we will examine in more detail the description of the variety of peonies with the sweet name "Lollipop", which means candy, get acquainted with the subtleties of growing this variety and some other recommendations from flower growers.
The variety of peonies “Lollipop” got its name for nothing, because the plant’s flowers really look like sweet candies. Petals of this variety are terry, have a double striped color.
Many flower growers prefer to purchase this particular variety of peonies, since it is very colorful. Juicy shades of pink, red, yellow and their combination always captivate fans of varietal peonies.
Variegated flowers are suitable for greenhouse cultivation, as well as for growing in ordinary soil.
It is believed that this hybrid plant was bred in the 90s of the last century. The Lollipop bush grows quite large and rounded, reaching almost 80 centimeters in height. The beginning of flowering usually occurs in late May - early June. On one bush, many lateral buds can form, which will please a long time. The flowers themselves in size reach 15-17 cm.
This variety is resistant to changing weather conditions. According to some reports, he can survive even severe frosts down to –35 degrees and the wind. When flowering, peonies emit a subtle, but very pleasant aroma.
Planting and transplanting
In order for the peonies of the Lollipop variety to grow up healthy and to bloom their due date, it is very important to start with choosing the right place for their planting. Of course, greenhouse conditions are always welcome. However, if there is a desire to plant plants on a flower bed or in ordinary soil in the garden, it is best to give preference to penumbra areas where there is no scorching sun. Although the plant itself is photophilous, and you should not plant it in the shade at all.
It is good if the soil is loamy with neutral acidity.
If there is a feeling that the soil is not so, then peat, humus, sand and wood ash can be added to it. So it will be optimal for growing varietal peonies.
A peony transplant should be carried out at the end of the summer season or in the fall. It is undesirable to transplant plants in the spring. This period is considered unfavorable. The depth of the pits for planting or transplanting plants should be approximately 60-70 cm. The distance between future bushes should be approximately 1.5 m.
At the bottom of the pits for plants, it is advisable to put some sand, gravel or gravel. Thus, you can properly prepare the soil, saturating it with everything necessary for the further growth of plants. Usually this layer of “filter” is laid out at 15 cm. And also organic fertilizers are usually put in the hole, it is best to use special store options. Or you can combine compost and humus in equal proportions. Then the land should be left for several days, ideally at 7-10, and only then proceed with the planting of peonies.
Only in prepared soil do peonies grow best. However, it is worth noting that they should not be planted very deeply, they may disappear, or the plant will produce abundant greens, without blooming at all. The root of the peony should be very carefully placed in the ground and also carefully sprinkled and compacted.
Do not be afraid that in the first year after planting, the plants may not bloom. For peonies, this is normal, we can say that they are experiencing a kind of stress. However, with proper care in all subsequent years, the situation will fundamentally change, and peonies will delight with their luxurious colorful flowers.
- It is very important to ensure that peonies in no case dry out. If peonies are grown in large pots, then in the winter season it is recommended to bring them into a warm room, otherwise many of them may not survive the winter.
- Watering peonies should be plentiful, but at the same time moderate. Do not overfill the plants too much, they can begin to rot.
- Top dressing should be balanced, suitable for this kind of plants. Manure is extremely undesirable, despite the fact that it is useful for many plants. Together with it you can bring insects and other pests.
At the end of flowering, which usually occurs in June, the shoots of peonies should be cut, and you need to finish the dressing. In the future, until the end of the season, it remains only to water the plants so that they do not dry out. Full pruning of the plant should be carried out immediately before frost.
In this case, all the stems should be removed, but not too low, leaving a few leaves.
Possible diseases and pests
Typically, peonies can get sick with gray rot, powdery mildew, rust and some other diseases that are characterized by a change in the color of the leaves, the appearance of heterogeneous spots of different colors on them. As a rule, diseases arise as a result of a shortage of any nutrients or when there is an excess of them. Propagation on the peony of the fungus and rotting of the plant is very often associated with overflow of the plant.
To rid plants of diseases, it is recommended to change top dressing, reduce watering and use special means for their treatment. When attacked by insects and pests, insecticides can be used.
The care of peonies before flowering is described in the next video.