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Julia Rose Itoh Peony

Julia Rose Itoh Peony

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Julia Rose is a remarkable Intersectional Peony with magnificent single to semi-double blossoms that change color over time. Fragrant blooms are cherry red in bud, opening to shades of soft apricot and orange, blended with delicate purple edges, and fade later to yellow. A single plant may display 3 different colored blossoms at the same time! With sturdy stems that do not require staking, and large 4-6 inch flowers, these make wonderful cut flowers.
Botanical name: Paeonia (Intersectional hybrid) x 'Julia Rose' 
Form: Herbaceous perennial 
Hardiness Zone: 4-9 
Flower Color: Apricot, purple, yellow
Bloom time: June 
Height: 36 inches 
Spread: 36 inches 
Light requirements: Full sun 
Plant depth: Cover eyes with 1-2 inches of soil, depending on zone and climate 

See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
Growing Tips and Instructions

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The Itoh Paeonia peony is named after the man who is credited with having crossed the herbaceous peony with the tree peony. Itoh peonies are sometimes referred to as "inter-sectional hybrid peonies." Itoh peonies resemble the tree peony but die back each autumn. They can grow to 36 inches tall and are hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 8.

Itoh Peonies thrive under the same conditions as herbaceous peonies. Peony plants relish slightly acidic soils (pH 6.5 to 7.0) with good drainage. They tend to do well in both full and partial sun, becoming ideal candidates for borders, walkways, hedges and some of those unsightly, desperately-in-need-for-a-facelift spots of the garden. Peonies are great centerpieces and excellent as cut flowers. Most peonies have a wonderful fragrance!

Choose a sun-filled location for planting the peonies, which require at least eight hours of sunlight a day for optimum growth. Weed the planting site thoroughly, using a garden hoe. Turn the soil in the planting site, using a spade or a fork. The soil should be loose and well worked to a depth of 16 to 20 inches about three days before you plant. Lay out a 3- to 4-inch layer of aged steer manure or compost across the topsoil in the planting site. Work the amendment deep into the soil.

Place the bare root peony into the hole and spread out the roots onto the soil. Make sure the crown of the plant (the crown is where the stem and roots of the plant meet) is sitting about 3 to 4 inches below the level of the surrounding garden soil. Remove, or add, soil if necessary until the peony is sitting at the correct level. Scoop in soil around the roots of the Itoh peony carefully, tamping it down gently as you go. Pour 1 to 2 gallons of water into the hole, but let it drain away before proceeding. Scoop in more soil to fill the hole full and tamp it down gently all around the planted area. If planting multiple peonies, space each hole approximately 3 feet apart - Itoh peonies are vigorous and it is important to leave them enough room to grow.

Spread a 3- to 4-inch layer of straw or peat moss for a mulch over the planting site. Mulch will help improve the soil and prevent moisture loss by keeping down pesty weeds. 


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We guarantee safe arrival of healthy bulbs, that varieties will be true-to-name, and will grow if planted as instructed, subject to the limitations described in our Shipping and Returns Policy.

We begin shipping our bulbs, tubers, and perennials in mid-February through Spring. Upon arriving, your bulbs and most of your perennials may show signs of growth such as green leaves and sprouts - this is okay and transportation during this time should not harm the plants.

All bulbs and perennials should be planted in your garden as soon as possible to ensure the best success. If you must delay planting, open the bags to permit air circulation and place them out of direct sunlight in a cool, well-ventilated room. Do not place the bulbs where they can freeze. If you have the space, storing the bulbs in the refrigerator is another excellent way to “hold them” prior to planting. If you choose this method of storing your bulbs, be sure not to store fruit with them, as this is detrimental to bulbs.

Plant outdoors when the ground is no longer frozen and the conditions have improved for your zone.

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