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Warm winter weather may hurt Alaska peony farmers
A Wasilla peony farmer says he's worried that recent warm Alaska weather will damage his crop.
ANCHORAGE- A Wasilla peony farmer says he's worried that recent warm Alaska weather will damage his crop.
Harry Davidson of North Star Peony says that the thaw-freeze cycle could kill the roots of his plants.
He planted about 7,500 roots of the perennials when he started his farm and estimates he's lost half over the last two winters.
The plants lose thermal protection and when it gets cold again, it kills the roots.
Alaska peony growers last year harvested and sold more than 100,000 stems. Most were shipped out of state.
Alaska's growers harvest flowers in August and September. Most peonies elsewhere are cut in May.