deer mulled my peony

lynbornmanMarch 12, 2007

Ok, so I don't really know anything about Peonies but found myself owning a small plant. I planted it early summer and while it did fine, it didn't grow or bloom. Its small-medium sized. In fall, the deer ate a good chunk of it and throughout the winter they finished it off. There is currently about 3-4 branches remaining sticking up from the ground about 4-5 inches. Is this plant doomed or can it survive a deer mulling like this? Thanks for the help.

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I'd assume that the 4-5" branches remaining are the dead stalks from last season, which could've been cut way back last fall anyway. There 'should' be no problem with it returning. If you look closely at the base, or carefully scoop away any mulch, you should see some dark pink finger tip like growth.

Scoot the mulch back after checking it out.


    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 2:16AM
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I live in the woods with lots of deer and have never had them even sample my peonies. Are they eating your other plants? Al

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 9:50AM
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They are eating ALL of my plants. It was a bad year for my hostas, my smaller younger trees and even some of my barberry. Deer resistant plants are not so in my yard. Thanks for the help!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 5:41PM
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amulet(7b NC)

Are your plants tree peonies or herbaceous peonies? When you said branches in the original post, it made me think of tree peonies. I have heard of them eating tree peonies before, but they usually don't bother the herbaceous ones.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 9:07AM
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It seems obvious that deer hungry enough will eat anything not poisonous. In my opinion you will have to fence them out if you are to garden where you are. A large dog left out at night is effective but usually also requires a fence. Al

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 10:06AM
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