must peonies be staked AND tied? does H2Ospritzing leaves help?

eastside15June 5, 2009

I received a bunch of peonies for transplanting a week ago. They were in a large green garbage bag and did not have much soil attached. There were already about 20 buds of various sizes. Because I am moving, I planted them in a large pot, approx 20" deep, with lots of compost added to the soil in the pot.

I have been watering them like crazy, even spritzing the leaves and flowers several times a day.

They are staked, but not tied. My husband says I must tie them. Is this correct?

The weather has been coolish - about 45F most of the day, with lots of sunshine. The leaves, despite my spritzing, are very droopy.



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I've killed a few peonies in pots by overwatering them. They just rotted. I definitely would back off on the watering!!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 9:51AM
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Do you mean flower buds? If so, better cut them off. A peony transplanted bare root at the time of flowering will not be able to establish a root system and flower at the same time. You should cut back some of the foliage too, and wait for the roots to regrow. If you had gotten the plant with plenty of soil around intact roots you could have let it flower.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 4:17PM
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I forgot to mention peonies DO NOT like their leaves to be wet - they get fungal diseases very easily that way.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 6:44PM
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You don't have to tie them - it's optional. My husband likes to tie the stems to prevent flopping (which he hates because they look messy) but it's not necessary.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2009 at 6:50PM
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Also if you are planning to leave the peonies in the pot for a while, say until fall planting, each peony should have its own pot because each peony will grow a LARGE root system by then. I've grown peonies putting a single 3-5 eye root in each 5-gallon pot over the summer and by fall each peony had filled up the 5 gallon pot and were spilling out the bottom drainage holes.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 2:46PM
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