Reviving a 50 year old peony bed

cgamperMay 29, 2009

I have a wonderful old peony garden started by my Grandmother. I believe it has some vintage varieties that I haven't seen at the nursery. Over the last couple of years, it has started to dwindle and the plants seem stunted and give very few blooms. I have read that Peonies can live for 100 years. I'm looking for info on how to revive these beautiful plants. Any assistance or direction would be appreciated. Also, I'm looking for a phone number or email address for the Wisconsin Peony Society. I'm in Southern (Janesville) Wisconsin.

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Hi fellow Janesville-ite!!!! I don't have any answers, just wanted to say HI!!!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 8:38PM
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The person that is listed as organizing the Wisconsin group is Scott Parker of Tomah, Wisconsin. He is also the person in charge of the APS seed exchange. I will try for an address for information at the APS meeting next week.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 9:31PM
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I was just reading on the web sight of a peony farm near me that grass roots compete with the peonies roots to the detrement of the peony roots. So mayby if you clear out everything around the peony and keep it clear and feed them they will recover. I don,t know if its okay to list the web sight of the farm but you can pm me for it.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 12:35AM
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Do you have any moles or gophers or other animals that may be tunneling under the roots so they are exposed to air and dry out?

If you decide to dig and divide them, here is an excellent article on how to.

Here is a link that might be useful: Digging and Dividing Peonies

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 1:08AM
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scott parker
23409 desoto ave tomah wi 54660

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 7:53PM
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you need to divide them. when they start producing smaller flowers... especially 50 year-old ones.... divide, divide, divide. you can do them in the fall, OR spring. i have 35 yr-old ones and will do the same in a few weeks.
happy days!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 8:00PM
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by the by, plan on a lot of new bulbs under each peony plant.
i dug up 1 and there must have been 30 or so new bulbs to plant!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 5:09PM
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