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Peony – Benjamin Franklin

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Description

Peony ‘Benjamin Franklin’ has a crimson red double bloom, that is lightly fragrant.  Typically blooms later in the season, late spring early summer.  Vigorous grower that reaches 30″ – 36″ in the garden.  Ben Franklin was originated in 1907.  Peonies return year after year, are deer and rabbit resistant and a classic for the perennial garden.


Growers Notes:

    • Peonies are herbaceous perennials that die back in the fall and return in the spring
    • Plant in compost rich, well drained soil in 6+ hours of sunlight per day
    • Peonies do not like to be moved.  Plant them in an area with enough space to grow freely for years
    • Plant shallow, crown just below the soil line.  Peony need to feel the cold in the winter to bloom
    • Planted too deep, they will only produce foliage and no bloom
    • Water weekly during the first spring and summer after planting, until the fall rains return
    • Peonies will established themselves in the first year, then bloom in year 2 or 3 and then forever
    • Fertilize in the early spring and again after they bloom with a 5-10-10 or 10-10-10 granular             fertilizer or Espoma Flower Tone or Espoma Rose Tone
    • Cut spent blooms and leave the foliage to soak up the summer sun
    • In late fall, cut the foliage down to the ground for winter
    • Returns bigger and better every year!  With more stems and flowers than the year before

 

Specified Color
Red
Height
30" - 36"
Foliage Color
Lacy Foliage
Cutting
Good Cut Flower
Sun / Shade
Full Sun - 6 hours +
Flowering Months
May/June
Shipped
Field grown root with 2-3 eyes
Soil
Compost rich, Well drained soil
Planting Depth
1" below soil
Container Friendly
Best Planted in a Garden Bed
Deer Resistant
Yes
Water
Water 1st year until established