30+ year old peonies

flshimmer(5)March 21, 2009

I just dug up some peonies out of my Mother in law's house that she wanted to remove. They have multiple 'eyes' and have established roots.

Does anyone have any advise as to how to prepare the soil? Obviously a 2x2 area at least should be dug and prepared. We tend to have clay soil.

Should I expect these to bloom this year? She gave me 2 varieties (red and pink).

I've also purchased 2 roots from Lowes and put them in pots. Will these bloom this year?

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Your mother in laws will bloom this year if they bloomed last year. Those roots just purchased will not bloom this year and possibly not next year. If your garden soil is well enough drained for gardening in general it will be OK for your peonies. I like to work in as much finished compost with your existing soil as I can, to about two feet deep. Every year I add compost to the area around the roots, but not ON the roots, as this would eventually cause them to be too deep in the soil and they will stop blooming.Al

    Bookmark   March 24, 2009 at 9:37AM
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