Can I put a Peony next to Crepe Myrtle?

jasminehearted(8)April 7, 2013

Hello,

I've never planted a peony before, but I saw a little box with one at the Big Lots for five dollars so I figured there was no risk in getting it. I know a nice sunny spot next to my Crepe Myrtle Tree which would be nice (I only have a patio and a few feet of bed space). Would it be ok here? It will have about 3' of room in every direction.

The area doesn't get too wet, but it's pretty shady in the winter as the sun angle changes and sun wont come over the fence, but in later spring and summer it gets plenty of sun.

My worry is root conflict with the well established tree. Will it be killed by the network of roots or as long as it's fertilized will it survive? I don't know how deep or intense the roots on these plants become.

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lizbest1(5)

Have you thought about putting it in a large pot in a sunny spot instead?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 11:50PM
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jasminehearted(8)

I suppose I could, I've just had the experience that nothing grows as well in a pot as it will in the ground. Would it do well in there for a long period of time?

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 6:41PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

You say you bought it in a little box for five dollars, so I would guess it is a pretty small plant. For this year I think I would pot it up in a one gallon pot and focus on growing a plant with enough root to compete with the tree, I think it will. Al

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 9:27AM
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Lisa_H OK(7)

Winter shade won't matter, the peony should be dormant. I would be a little more concerned that you don't get cold enough, but it is worth a try. Make sure you don't plant it deep. The eyes need to be less than an inch (this link says 2") under ground. In the south you can plant peonies in partial shade. More sun than shade is preferable.

I have peonies planted under my crepe myrtle trees, but further on the edge than right up close to the trunk.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardeners.com

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 4:47PM
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