Replanting peony

allium_acres(z6 MA)July 12, 2014

I'm planning to move a peony to a sunnier spot this fall. Everything I've read on the web says that the new hole should be 2 feet wide and deep. Just thinking about digging a hole that big is exhausting! Is it really necessary? What can I get away with and still have a happy plant? Thanks for your advice.

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I've never actually dug a 2'X2' hole for any of my peonies but I plant in raised beds because the soil in my garden area is hard clay. If your peony has been in place for quite a while the rootball might be about that big anyway! Are you planning to divide it before replanting? Do you have good soil where you're planting?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 9:50PM
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Mulch a spot like crazy right now. A foot deep. Wait as late as possible to transplant, then loosen the soil as deep as possible, dig a small trench, put in the peony roots, and cover them with heavily composted soil to an inch deep. Then add another foot of loose mulch on top until spring.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 11:05PM
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