tree peonys what have i done wrong

fussyqueenbeeJune 3, 2006

I planted my tree peony collection 5 in all after arrival in the spring of 2005. I planted in a protected area that gets 6 hours of morning sun per day. I planted them 2 inches above the graft line. This spring only one tree showed any growth a stem with several leaves from bottom of plant. It has now turned completely brown and shriveled up. What have I done wrong? No other trees show any life at all. I ordered 4 replacements because they look dead to me. I just received the replacements and planted them in new location under same conditions. Three of four trees are growing leaves. I transplanted the year old tree with shriveled brown leaves to this new location. Do any of the experts out there think last years trees might still be alive? if so how can i tell. Also is there any hope for the newly transplanted tree and what could have caused it to turn brown? All advice will be greatley appreciated. And would it be a good idea to feed shriveled brown tree with fish emulsion, could it help?

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diannp

Plant them deeper. Tree peonies are just the opposite of herbaceous peonies when it come to planting depth. You should plant the graft at least 7 to 10 inches deep. You want the tree peony to build its own roots and for the nurse root to die off after the tree peony gets established. Make sure they get enough water and give them some shade if they are in the full sun. Don't be feeding them a lot of fertilizer, just make sure you have good garden dirt with a lot of compost mixed it. Good luck.

Diann

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 5:54PM
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peonyman(Zone 5, Lawrence, Ks)

Tree peonies like herbaceous peonies really do better when dug and planted in the fall. At this point I would not dig again. Try to keep them watered and alive and then reset the plants deeper in the fall. Diann is right, the deeper the better.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 7:42PM
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maifleur01

You can place additional soil arround the plant until replanting but it would need the soil to be kept at the same depth until moved. If the soil would wash away it would make your plant worse.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2006 at 9:25PM
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fussyqueenbee

thanks for the answers. I wiil replant in fall.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2006 at 1:59PM
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kclifford

I PLANT ABOUT ONE THOUSAND OF THEM EACH SPRING AS SOON AS THE GROUND IS WORKABLE I PLANT MINE ON A SLANT WITH MAYBE JUST THE TOP INCH SHOWING THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE YOU BOUGHT THEM IN A CARD BOARD BOX ALL READY KILLED FROM ABUSE . SUJEST YOU START WITH BIGGER PLANTS THAT ARE WELL ESTABLISHED . IT IS IMPORTANT TO START THEM WELL AND WATER THEM OFTEN FIRST YEAR OR SO .IF LEAVES TURN BLACK YOU HAVE FUNGUS PROBLEM

    Bookmark   December 19, 2006 at 8:21PM
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