Numerous people have approached us about the possibility of growing peonies commercially for the international cut flower market. This burgeoning sector of the Alaskan economy is in need of more individuals who are committed to producing the highest quality peonies!! If you are seriously considering growing peonies for this market, you really should attend clinics and grower meetings as early as possible to ensure you know what it takes. The peony-related events include:
Planting clinics (find out how to plant the roots for the best results):
May 26th @ 3:30pm and May 27th @ 5:30pm (pick one)
Picking clinics (learn how to tell when a bud is ready to be picked):
July 8th @ 6pm and July 9 @ 1:00pm (pick one)
These clinics will be held at Lily Vale Farm (North Pole Peonies) on Eielson Farm Rd. You can find more information here.
You might also be interested in touring a few peony farms where they are actively growing these beautiful flowers. The Arctic Alaska Peonies group (us in the Interior) has set a tentative date for a farm tour on July 25th and 26th. More information will be released later this summer. Check out our website for more information.