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Coral Charm Peonies are a gentle pink-orange color and are delicate with many ruffled petals. When at full bloom, the Coral Charm’s outer petals are laid almost flat, with the rest of the petals curving inward in a cup shape. It is a beautiful flower that will add charm and grace to your landscaping or to a vase of cut flowers.
Coral Charm Peonies
Coral Charm peonies have received the 1986 American Peony Society Gold Medal and the Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, which is the world’s leading garden charity. It was first introduced in 1964 by Samuel Wissing, and it produced 3 flower blooms during its first blooming season.
Coral Charm belong to the Paeoniaceae family, its full scientific name is Paeonia Lactiflora x Paeonia Peregrina ‘Coral Charm,’ and it’s a hybrid of the Chinese Peony and the Paeonia Peregrina. The Chinese Peony is native to Siberia and Mongolia and seems to be a popular type of peony for creating hybrids.
The Paeonia Peregrina is a species of flower in the peony family and is native to Southeastern Europe and Turkey. It has a few different names, like the Balkan Peony and the Poison Peony, but its name was problematic for a century and a half because scientists kept confusing it with other flowers.
Growing Coral Charm Peonies
Coral Charm peonies are beautiful flowers, and their strong scent is meant to drive away wild animals like deer and rabbits. It’s important to understand the needs of the Coral Charms before deciding to add them to a garden.
Coral Charm peonies are better suited to outdoor life, and they grow out of attractive and dark green foliage with smooth edges. They can reach between 24 and 36 inches in height, and they bloom for approximately 7-10 days, usually in early June. Coral Charms have long and delicate stems, so it’s good to have them planted in an area where they are sheltered from strong winds and other extreme weather. Having a stake or trellis for support might come in handy.
Coral Charms are great plants for fence and sidewalk borders, as they are pleasing to the eye. When planting the Coral Charms, choose your location carefully. Not only do the flowers not respond to transplanting, but they need to be in an area where they won’t have to compete for water and nutrients with trees and shrubs.
Growing Zones and Weather
The foliage of the Coral Charm peonies die down in the fall, and the roots remain dormant in the earth. They can handle growing zones 4-8, and grow best in partial to full sun. Coral Charms can also tolerate part shade if necessary, but it can possibly affect some of their blooms. These flowers will bloom between late spring and early summer.
Coral Charm peonies are adaptable, but they need soil that is slightly moist and they need to be in a space where the water can drain away well. Coral Charms can grow in sand, clay soil, chalk soil, and loam soil, and they can stand levels of acidity and soil that contains alkaline.
Coral Charm peonies need to be watered regularly, especially is there are other plants around that might be siphoning from its water supply. Once a week is fine, but the Coral Charms may require more water in instances of intense or extreme heat.
Coral Charm peonies do not bloom the first year of planting and might take up to two years to produce their showy blooms. They are low maintenance and you can simply remove the spent flowers as they fade.
Step By Step Planting Guide
Every plant has it’s own planting guide because every plant has its own individual needs, and the Coral Charm peony is no different.
Bare Root Peonies
- Dig a hole in the ground 10 inches deep and the same length across. Their roots require a lot of room to grow.
- Add in a fertilizer of your choice that contains phosphorus, because that’s what the Coral Charms need.
- Mound soil up in the center of the hole so that it’s only about 2 or 3 inches deep. Set the root clump on top so that the eyes face upward.
- Fill the rest of the hole and lightly pack down the soil. Water by sprinkling the area, careful not to flood.
- Prepare a large hole with a fertilizer with phosphorous.
- Remove the peony from the pot and slightly loosen the root ball. In the hole, set it at the same height it was in the pot.
- Fill the rest of the hole and lightly pack down the soil. Thoroughly water the planting site.
Coral Charm Gallery
Coral Charms are beautiful and when in full bloom, can be used as lovely home decor for all to admire.
This is an almost accurate depiction of the life span of a cut Coral Charm peony. If well watered and cared for correctly, these cut peonies can last up to 10 days.
Lovely in the Morning
The beauty of these Coral Charms is being appreciated alongside a cup of tea.
The foliage that Coral Charms sprout from is dark green with slim leaves, and they make a charming planting alongside a road or pathway.
The buds of Coral Charms are soft and delicate, wrapped up tightly in their outer petals.
This image depicts how the Coral Charms appear in the final stages of their bloom, as their color fades and their petals begin to shrivel.
Coral Charm peonies look great in bouquets, especially alongside other types of flowers with lighter colors, such as white flowers.
The inner area of the Coral Charm’s bloom, where it’s pollen is, is oddly shaped like pieces of coral in the ocean that were most likely the inspiration for its name.
The eyes of Coral Charms and other types of flowers one of the options that gardeners use to plant and grow the flowers.
A bundle of Coral Charm peonies that were used for a wedding celebration and are now reaching the final stages of their lifespan.
A Small Peek
A Coral Charm flower in mid bloom, it’s outer petals barely beginning to relax into place.
This grouping of Coral Charm peonies are each at different stages in their lives and together create an interesting bouquet.
Coral Charm peonies present their best blooms when grown in partial to full sun areas, but they can also bloom in areas where there is part shade.
These Coral Charm Peony bouquets go perfectly with the dresses of these bridesmaids.
When grown too close to each other, Coral Charms may start to grow gray mold, which is associated with the lack of air flowing between each flower.
Buying Coral Charm Peonies
You can basically find anything on Amazon, and flowers are no different. For growing Coral Charm peonies, Amazon offers both seeds and roots.
Coral Charm Roots
This Coral Charm root comes with 3 to 5 eyes and is one of the earliest peonies to bloom in the season. Coral Charms flourish in growing zones 4 through 8, and you can find this root here on Amazon.
Coral Charm Seeds
This pack of Coral Charm seeds comes with 5 seeds in total, and the end result produces beautiful blooms. Plant these seeds in early fall to allow the roots more time to grow and settle, and know that Coral Charms can take up to two years to bloom. These Coral Charm seeds can be found on Amazon here.