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Woody Peonies

Woody Peonies – The Lutea Hybrids

Published November 23, 2021
Woody Peonies – The Lutea Hybrids Nate Bremer – Solaris Farms Owner & Grower The lutea hybrids are new kids on the block, compared to other hybrids within the woody peony group.  Most are of American and European hybridizing efforts [read more]

Woody Peonies – The Rockii Lineage Plants

Published November 23, 2021
Woody Peonies – The Rockii Lineage Plants Nate Bremer – Solaris Farms Owner and Grower Paeonia rockii is a species, but numerous hybrids with P. suffruticosa cultivars are available.  We often refer to this group of hybrid plants as “Rockii [read more]

Woody Peonies – The Suffruticosas

Published November 23, 2021
Woody Peonies – The Suffruticosas Nate Bremer – Solaris Farms Owner and Grower Paeonia suffruticosa has a long and interesting history, beginning in China, later in Japan and then Europe and the United States.  As much as I enjoy the [read more]

Woody Peony Species

Published November 23, 2021
Woody Species Nate Bremer – Solaris Farms Owner and Grower After growing this unusual group of plants intensely for more than 15 years, I’ve learned much that may be of interest to others wishing to incorporate these wonderful plants into [read more]

Planting and Care of Woody Peonies

Published November 23, 2021
Planting and Care of Woody Peonies Nate Bremer – Solaris Farms Owner and Grower Climate and soil conditions are major players in successful culture of woody peonies as described in our last article, but there are other variables gardeners need [read more]

Growing Woody Peonies

Published November 23, 2021
Growing Woody Peonies Nate Bremer… Solaris Farms Owner and Grower Woody peonies have not always received good press, leading to the misconception they are difficult to grow.  This belief may have more to do with Chinese suffruticosa, the least well [read more]

Reliability of Grafted Peonies

Published November 23, 2021
Reliability of Grafted Peonies Jordan Kabat,  Wisconsin Peony Society Vice President & Operations Manager at Solaris Farms. Following a grafting workshop provided by the Wisconsin Peony Society at Solaris Farms in 2021… On the heels of this seminar, then, it [read more]

Late Summer & Fall Season Update

Published August 6, 2020
Solaris Farms is now closed  for visits this season (2020) and look forward to seeing you next year through an appointment!  Daylily bloom was spectacular this year and we appreciate all gardeners who took the time to visit by appointment.  [read more]

Visiting in 2020

Published April 29, 2020
Due to the pandemic and a number of other planned changes in the farm’s operation, Solaris Farms will be open by appointment only in 2020.  While human health is problematic this  year, our early appraisal of the plants at the [read more]

A Look at Peonies ‘Waking’ in Spring

Published December 24, 2019
Peony Early Emergence Beauty, Interest and Intrigue Peonies are as interesting and ornamental before bloom as they are when their flowers are open.  Most of us are familiar with the unusual emergence of the Paeonia lactiflora cultivars which are so [read more]