Q: I’ve read that peonies require 500-1000 hours below 45 degrees to bloom successfully. Does our region have that?
A: Indeed we do! A quick visit to the Georgia Automated Weather Network (www.georgiaweather.net) shows that the Duluth monitoring station recorded the following chilling hours:
Oct to Apr Chill hours
2006 2007 1674
2005 2006 1767
2004 2005 1626
2003 2004 1952
Different peony varieties react differently to our combination of heat and cold. I’ve collected a list of peonies that grow well in Georgia at (BROKEN) Peony – Growing in the South