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Paeonia mlokosewitschii

paeonia mlokosewitschii plant

Introduction

Paeonia mlokosewitschii is an early flowering herbaceous paeony from the Caucasus with large single flowers of clear light yellow. Cultivation is straight forward, and the plant is long lived, increasing in beauty each year. 'Mollie-the-witch', as it is affectionately called, is much sought after by discerning gardeners, but difficult to find and expensive to buy.

Cultivation

Fresh seed gives a high germination without any special treatment, and should be sown soon after it ripens in late summer. Sown in September, germination can be expected in the spring, with the first leaves appearing in March. However, if sowing is delayed until November, it is likely to be 16 months before emergence, and the germination rate will be lower. The seedlings can be planted out as one year olds in the following April, or potted up into 13cm pots and grown on for a further year. Paeonia mlokosewitschii enjoys a well drained soil in full sun, and will increase steadily in size from year to year.

Seed

Seed is dispatched soon after ripening in late summer, and should be sown as soon as possible after receipt, one seed to a 9cm pot. If the seed cannot be sown immediately on receipt, it should be removed from its packet and kept in an open container in a cool dry place. Seed of Paeonia mlokosewitschii is not available at other times of the year as it does not store well and viability is uncertain.

Summary

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Sorry! Next available late summer 2022

Quotes

"It is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful flowers of the early year" - Graham Stuart Thomas

"A sovereign among Paeonies" - Reginald Farrer


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