New Zealand: Peony growers 'flat out' until Christmas

What started as a plan to diversify their property is now a full-time business for Rodger and Cindy Whitson, who have 10,000 peony plants on their 4ha block in Mosgiel.

In 2000, Mr Whitson, originally a meat worker, and Mrs Whitson, a dispensary technician, were looking into ways they could diversify their property.

After looking at a range of flowers to grow, they decided peonies were the best option.

They started off with 2000 plants, while also keeping their jobs.

After a few years of growing, Mr Whitson said they decided to ''bite the bullet and go full time at home'', and they have not looked back.

Read more at the Otago Daily Times (Ella Stokes)


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