Peony Lemon Chiffon is a herbaceous perennial belonging to the group of interspecific hybrids. The plant was bred in the Netherlands in 1981 by crossing Salmon Dream, Cream Delight, Moonrise peonies. The name of the variety is translated as "lemon chiffon". The color fully lives up to its name thanks to its yellow tint. In 2000, Lemon Chiffon became the champion of the American Peony Society exhibition.
Description Peony Lemon Chiffon
Peony interspecific Lemon Chiffon is a plant with powerful root tubers, the height of the stems of which is about 100 cm.
The bush has a compact size (45-50 cm), grows quickly
The leaves on the stem of the Lemon Chiffon peony appear in spring. At first they have a maroon hue, but over time they turn green. The leaves are slightly elongated, oval, pointed at the top. The stems are strong and do not require support when growing.
The Lemon Shiffon variety is frost-resistant. It is able to withstand temperature drops down to -45 ° C. The plant is unpretentious to care for. Lemon Chiffon grows well in the sun or in partial shade. Wind protection will help extend the life of an exotic plant. In ideal conditions, the flower will delight gardeners for 20 years.
Peony Lemon Chiffon is permissible to grow in any regions of Russia, since the variety is referred to zone 3-4 in terms of frost resistance.
Peony flowering features Lemon Chiffon
Peony variety Lemon Chiffon belongs to the group of early large-flowered crops.
Flowers on stems are large, round, their diameter reaches 23 cm. The first year after planting, they look double, but after a while they become full. In the process of blooming, the color changes from snow-white to cream with yellowish stripes, pink spots may be observed in some places.
To the touch, the petals are delicate, airy and light, the lower ones are located horizontally and directed to the side, the upper ones are larger and wider, forming a "bomb". Pistils with purple stigmas.
Flowering occurs from May to June, again - from August to September
During the flowering period, up to 3 light yellow flowers can form on one stem. Green leaves remain on the stems throughout the summer, and die off by winter. In spring, the leaves on the peony Lemon Chiffon reappear.
Important! The splendor of flowering depends on the place of planting; in overly lit areas, the flowers quickly fall off.
Application in design
Garden plants are very popular among landscape designers.
Peonies Lemon Chiffon look equally good in a single planting and in a group
The bush is best planted next to the same bright plants, or with other varieties of peonies.
Delicate yellow buds will be in harmony with roses, lilies, petunias, phloxes, or with peonies of the varieties Duchesse de Nemours, Ren Hortense, Albert Cruss
Flowers of the Buttercup family are not compatible with peony plantings. These include anemone, adonis and lumbago. These plants are capable of depleting the soil, thereby oppressing everything that is planted nearby.
Some designers prefer to plant Lemon Chiffon near decorative conifers. The culture is also planted near gazebos, near the facades of buildings. But most often, peonies are cut and flower arrangements are made with them.
Lemon Chiffon is not a potted variety, so it is recommended to grow it only in garden plots.
Peonies in landscape design are in perfect harmony with other bright plants.
Lemon Chiffon is characterized by rapid growth and reproduction. There are several ways to breed this crop:
- Division of roots with renewal buds. Most often, this breeding method is used if you want to get a large amount of planting material. The root system is cut into several cuttings with buds and a root 1-3 cm long. The rooting results are 80-85%.
- Layers. In early spring, the stem is buried in, leaving the top intact. In the second half of September, they check whether the roots have appeared. After that, they are cut from the mother bush and planted in a box.
- Seeds. They ripen at the end of August. The collected seeds are stratified for two months and then planted in the ground under a glass dome. The first shoots appear after a couple of weeks. The shelter is removed when 2-3 leaves are formed on the stems. Seedlings in open ground are planted only after 2 years.
- By dividing the bush. Gardeners can get a large amount of planting material if they divide a bush that is 5 to 7 years old. By this age, the rhizome accumulates nutrients that help young seedlings grow.
- Cuttings. Reproduction in this way is rarely carried out, since the survival rate of interspecific hybrids is only 15-25%. To propagate peonies by cuttings, it is necessary to cut off the middle with two internodes from the stem. Cuttings are treated with growth stimulants and planted in boxes under glass. With regular airing and watering, the first roots will appear in 5 weeks.
Attention! The most popular breeding method for the Lemon Chiffon variety is considered to be the division of roots with renewal buds.
This method allows you to fully preserve the species characteristics of the crop.
Peony planting rules Lemon Chiffon
Peonies are planted in the autumn. The seedlings need to take root before the onset of frost. This process takes about a month, so gardeners are advised to plant the plant in early September.
Before you start planting, you need to choose a well-lit area. In terms of soil, Lemon Chiffon prefers moist, drained soil, but does not tolerate stagnant water.
Before planting, the planting material should be prepared by treating the rhizomes with a weak solution of potassium permanganate. This will help protect the seedlings from various diseases.
- Dig a planting hole measuring 50 * 50 cm.
The dimensions of the planting hole depend on the size of the root system of the seedling
- A planting pit is prepared by laying a drainage layer on the bottom.
Broken brick, expanded clay or stones with a diameter of 1-2 cm can be used as drainage
- A mixture consisting of sand, peat, sawdust, ash and garden soil is poured onto the drainage layer.
- The flower is placed in the center of the hole.
The roots of the seedling are gently straightened during planting in the hole
- The seedling is watered, sprinkled with soil and tamped.
Important! The maximum planting depth should be no more than 12 cm.New buds are laid from above every year, therefore, in September, the soil is supplemented with another fertile layer of 1-3 cm.
Peonies should be looked after regularly. Watering procedures are carried out in moderation, since the culture cannot be called moisture-loving. The soil is moistened only if it is dry on the surface.
Fertilizers are applied 2 times a year in spring and autumn. As fertilizers, mixtures based on nitrogen and phosphorus are used. The main thing is not to overfeed the bush, otherwise it will grow slowly and sluggishly.
Loosening of the soil is carried out after it has been moistened
The procedure should be done carefully so as not to damage the root system.
Preparing for winter
Peonies Lemon Chiffon do not need pruning. Gardeners say that haircuts can only be done with young seedlings. They cut off all unblown buds so that the bush directs all its forces to growth, and not to flowering.
Adult bushes are not covered for the winter, since the Lemon Shiffon variety is considered very frost-resistant. However, young peony seedlings should still be covered, since the root system has not yet had time to adapt to the harsh conditions.
Sawdust, peat are used as mulch, and a special material is pulled on top - lutrasil. Mulch is harvested in spring, when the air temperature is + 2 ... + 4 ° С.
Young peony bushes must be covered for the winter
Pests and diseases
Peonies of interspecific hybrids, including the Lemon Shiffon variety, are resistant to various diseases. In the process of growing, gardeners rarely face any problems.
As for pests, spider mites or ants can be found on a flowering peony. They should be exterminated with insecticides, which are sold in specialized stores.
Peony Lemon Chiffon is a plant with strong stems and lemon-yellow flowers. Peonies of this variety are striking in their splendor and luxurious decorativeness. The flower is considered the best among the yellow herbaceous varieties.
Reviews of peony Lemon Chiffon
Ekaterina Anisimova, 55 years old, Krasnoyarsk
After reading many admiring reviews about the Lemon Chiffon peony variety, I decided to purchase seedlings of this plant. I really liked the look of the lime shade buds. The fact that the flower will take root in our area, I immediately understood, since it is very frost-resistant. Flowering happened already in the second year, although I thought that I would have to wait longer. There is practically no need to look after him. In the fall, I do insect sanitization, and also regularly feed. All friends and acquaintances in the garden do not cease to admire the beauty of my peonies.
Margarita Alimova, 48 years old, Agidel
More recently, I read on the forum a small description of a peony of the Lemon Chiffon variety. I used to grow peonies on my garden plot, but this was the first time I heard about such a variety. With the onset of spring, I decided that this year I will plant them in the garden. The next year, the plant delighted me with its flowering. Large buds blossomed, the site sparkled with bright yellow colors. In our region, the plant takes root well, so I recommended all my friends to plant Lemon Chiffon peonies.