Paeonia obovata var. willmottiae
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5 large, freshly collected blue seeds per packet.
A rarely offered species of Paeonia that is native to the mountains and forests of China and Japan. Produces attractive foliage and beautiful, large, single, pure white flowers with yellow stamens and purple filaments, followed by stunning seed pods. Flowering May. Height 100 cm. Moist, well-drained soil in part shade (woodland conditions are ideal).
Seeds can be very slow to germinate!
Seeds require 3 months of moist, warm treatment, followed by 3 months of cold, moist treatment, then back to warm before anything will appear above the surface of the pot.
Sow in spring in pots at twice the seed's depth and keep top of compost from drying out. Keep the pot somewhere warm for three months, then place the pot outdoors or somewhere cool for three months, then bring back to warmth until germination.
Alternatively, you can use the following method: mix seeds with damp vermiculite and place inside a ziplock bag, keep bag somewhere warm for 3 months, then sow in pots at twice the seeds depth and keep top of compost from drying out. Keep the pot somewhere outdoors or somewhere cool for three months, then place somewhere warm until germination.
Carefully prick out seedlings when they have developed true leaves and are large enough to transplant to individual pots for growing on.