Paeonia x ‘First Arrival’

Paeonia x 'First Arrival' - Fast Facts

Learn more about Paeonia X ‘First Arrival’

  • Name: Paeonia x ‘First Arrival’
  • Bred by: Developed as part of the hybridization efforts within the Paeonia genus.
  • Introduced: The specific year of introduction is not well-documented, but it is a modern cultivar.
  • Growth: Typically reaches about 2-3 feet in height and spread.
  • Blooms: Notable for its large, semi-double to double flowers.
  • Color: The blooms are a soft, lavender-pink shade.
  • Foliage: Features lush green foliage that provides a striking contrast to its pastel flowers.
  • Flowering: Blooms early in the peony season, hence the name ‘First Arrival’.
  • Climate: Hardy in USDA zones 3-8, adaptable to a variety of temperate climates.
  • Disease Resistance: Generally good resistance to common peony diseases, but may be susceptible to fungal diseases in damp conditions.
  • Growing Classification: Herbaceous perennial.
  • Origin/Distribution: As a hybrid, it combines traits from various Paeonia species, primarily native to Asia.
  • Blooming Season: Early in the peony blooming season.

Should you Buy One?

‘First Arrival’ is an excellent choice for those who appreciate early bloomers in their garden. Its delicate lavender-pink flowers add a soft, serene touch to any setting. This variety is also known for its robust growth and ease of care, making it a suitable choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

Peony 'First Arrival' Specific Care

This variety prefers well-drained, fertile soil and a sunny to partially shaded location. It’s important to plant the roots at the correct depth for optimal blooming. Regular watering, especially during dry spells, and an application of balanced fertilizer in early spring will encourage healthy growth and abundant blooms.

General Peonies Care Tips

  • Soil: Thrive in rich, well-drained soil.
  • Sunlight: Prefer full sun but can tolerate light shade.
  • Watering: Consistent moisture is key, particularly during growth and flowering periods.
  • Fertilization: Apply a general-purpose fertilizer in the spring.
  • Pruning: Cut back the foliage to ground level in the fall.
  • Support: Staking might be required for some varieties with large flowers.

FAQs about Paeonia lactifolia 'Charlie's White'

Typically, it takes about 3-4 years for ‘First Arrival’ to reach full maturity and bloom profusely.

While they are best suited for garden beds, they can be grown in large, well-drained containers.

Peonies in general, including ‘First Arrival’, are considered deer-resistant and are a good choice for areas with deer populations.

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