F.A.Q.S

Flowers

Q:When is your flower season?

A: Our peony flower season runs from early November to early December (roughly the 5th November to the 10th December). Each year varies according to the season. We farm at the mercy of the weather Gods so please always have an alternative plan for big occasions. 

Q: How do I prolong the vase life of my peony flowers?

A: To get the most out of your peonies at home in the vase we suggest that you cut 2cms off the stems and put them in a vase of deep water with the following recipe (if you don’t have a flower food mixture at home):

Per 1L of water

1 tablespoon white vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon bleach (optional)

Make sure there is 7-10cms of water covering the stems. Replace the water in the vase every day and do not place your flowers in direct sunlight.

Shipping Details

Q: Where can you ship flowers to?

A: We use Lonrho Logistics and ship 2-3 times a week in our season (November – early December). You will need to collect your flowers from the Lonrho Logistics office nearest to you. We have 2 sizes of boxes. Small boxes hold 70 stems and large boxes 200 stems. Shipping rates will be confirmed in season during the purchase process in our online shop. 

Roots

Q: What climate can I grow peonies in?

A: Peonies need cold temperatures to thrive. The minimum requirement to grow peonies in your garden is at least 30 days of day or night temperatures below 6*C. Frosts or snow are ideal conditions for peonies to thrive in.  If your climate isn’t suitable to grow peonies you can always give roots to a friend as a gift. 

Q: How do I grow peonies?

A: Peonies are relatively hardy plans to grow. We will provide you with growing instructions with your roots when we ship them to you. We are also available to give advice through WhatsApp if you have questions once you have planted your roots. It is best to plant your peonies in full or morning sun spots that get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Q: How do I ensure I am on a waiting list for peony roots?

A: Due to the high demand for our peony roots we keep a waiting list to notify when the roots are ready to be sold in June and July each year.   It is best to contact us through our website or email caroline@winterbergfarming.com . Let us know your name, cell phone number and where you live and if you think you have a suitable climate to grow peonies. We limit how many roots you can purchase each year to 10 roots unless special arrangements with us have been made.

Q: How do our peony roots differ from others?

A:There are not many places in South Africa that you can buy peony roots from. Ours come straight out of the ground before shipping which increases their chance of successfully growing in their new homes. We sell roots with 3-5 eyes (never 1-2) which results in a stronger plant from planting.

Q: How long does it take to get flowers from my peony plants?

A: Growing peonies is a test of patience. In year 1 we recommend that you remove all but 1 bud from the plant. This encourages good root establishment and will reward you in years to come with abundant flowers.

Q: How long will my peony plants last?

A: Peony plants last a very long time in gardens. Some plants are thought to be 100 years old in gardens overseas. We generally think that you will get a least 40 years out of your plants. We had peony plants in our garden from Granny Molly, this is what inspired our family to start growing them commercially.

Root shipping 
Q: How do you ship the peony roots to me?

A: We courier the roots to you via DSV. You roots will take 3-5 days to get to you. Soak them in water for 20-30minutes and then plant them as soon as you can once you receive them.

Wagyu

Q: How do we get more information on your Wagyu herd and genetics

For all Wagyu questions you have for us please contact Andrew on as@winterbergwagyu.com