Help! Beheaded Tree Peony!
I am just beside myself with grief. My young daughter broke the top off of my new tree peony. It looked like a flower bud that she removed. I cried and cried. Isn't it just unheard of for a new bareroot peony to bloom in it's first year? I was doubting that it was a bud until I found it a week later in the yard. We are putting in an irrigation system and she buried it in a pile of dirt. Well, just found it today and broke it open. More crying! It really was a flower bud. Now that the deed is done, how will this effect my plant? The bud was on the growing tip of the leader. Now it is broken. Will the plant be weaker branched now? I am upset because it only took me 20 or more minutes to decide on the very best shaped one. Obviously I picked a good one, but now it is damaged. Help!