Tree Peony Revived

dandelion808March 13, 2006

My Japanese TP, planted two years ago, died back to the ground last summer and I thought it was a goner. Now a new stalk has emerged and is quickly shooting up. My dilemma is that we are moving to a new house next month and I would dearly love to take this peony. I know it's the wrong season to transplant, but I want to try. Can anybody give me some tips that might help insure its survival, especially since it's such a tender new shoot? Thanks.

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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

You might have a herbaceous peony now. Japanese tree peonies are grafted on herbaceous peony roots. If it dies back to the ground and then resprouts from the roots ... well, you can imagine.

If you have to take it, and still want to take it, dig it up with as much root as you can, wrap it in something like burlap and as much soil on the roots as you can manage, then plant it as soon as possible. Just heel it into a trench in the ground if you won't be able to plant for a while.

My recommendation is to order a nice new one for delivery this autumn. You'll be guaranteed a tree peony, you won't be stressed by the move, the plant won't be stressed by the move, and you should get flowers in the spring :)

    Bookmark   March 14, 2006 at 6:29PM
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Thanks, I think that's probably good advice -- although it feels a bit like abandoning a pet....

    Bookmark   March 16, 2006 at 3:06PM
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