new tree peony's roots
The tree peony I planted a month ago does not look well. It's leaves began shriveling about 2 weeks ago, and it was not putting on much growth, if any. It is in part shade, and received adequate but not too much water (soil not soaking) I dug it up to look at the root system, and there are no fine or fibrous roots, just the 4-5 inch, 1/4 inch diameter ones it came with. A few of those were soft, but I figured maybe normal loss of transplanting. Does this plant have fine or fibrous roots, which the lack of indicates poor health? I'm just trying to figure out what I may have done wrong, because it was not inexpensive and if it was a poor specimen I'll bring it back to nursery now.