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« on: March 18, 2006 08:40:51 AM »


Hiya,

I've just been informed that the brown pile of plant detritus next to our drive was a peony plant!  (We're renting.)
Any advice on keeping/saving/curing it?  I suspect it should have been cut back before winter, but....

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2006 12:38:50 PM »

Rake away the dead foliage.  Peonies are perennials, they grow back from the root.  When you see the shoots start to emerge, give it a little fertilizer for flowering plants.  I like Miracle Grow.  This was a pretty sorry looking peony before I fed it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2006 08:14:42 PM »



Excelletn! I was hoping it was root-based, if you know what I mean --

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2006 07:19:24 AM »

get a peony ring on it too once it is up a little, this will keep the VERY heavy flower heads from dropping to the ground (especially if it rains)  I do nothing
to my peonies- no fertilizer, no water, no mulching and they do just fabulous.
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2006 12:00:27 PM »

anyone who wants some, i've got TONSSSSS of peonies in our yard.  we moved in in august so its my first spring here.  and there are at least 10 freakin peony clumps around the house.  i like em here or there but 10?!?  lazy gardeners.  and we get some heavy rain so each year i wrestle with the crushed plants for the last half of summer.  i spent yesterday digging up the 2 plants that i discovered hidden under the front shrub.  most stuff says transplant in fall.... am i wasting my time trying to dig em up to share with friends?  and do you know if the whole 'plant' needs to be dug up as a whole or can i dig up clumps of 3-5 shoots and their individual tubers?  peonies and hastas crowding the yard...... but just one freakin cone flower. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2006 12:58:33 PM »

Of course you can transplant in the spring.  Now is when you are starting to see them for sale in the garden centers.  Just remember, to only bury the crown 2" below the surface
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2006 06:53:47 PM »

if you can find yer way to green bay wisconsin in the next week, you can dig up peonies to yer hearts content.  they're beautiful plants, but to have something that only blooms for a small period of time take over most of the limited yard..... shame on these lazy landscapers!!!  those poor rose bushes get a little smaller each time i stroll by with the shears too. 
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