new Peony

maril_2006July 10, 2008

Hi

I'm new with the Peony plants. I think they are beautiful so I got one from QVC. They say it is okay in our zone. I don't think I have ever seen one accept in pictures. I planted my bareroot about 3 weeks ago. It is about 12 inches tall. It was in very good shape when I got it but now it isn't doing anything. We have had 100 degree temp here in N Ca and lots of fires so very smoky. It had 3 or 4 white (I guess leaves) starting to form on the stalks I kept watching them but they didn't move or anything but kept getting greener. But now the ends are drying out and looking brittle. I don't know what to do I have been trying to shade it in the hottest part of the day but I don't know if it is helping. The ground is not drying out even though it is so hot. I don't know if I should keep watering it or let it dry out like they say. Can someone give me some info I sure do need help.

Thanks Mar

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calistoga_al

Peonies can take full sun even here in sunny California. I question your soil, why does it not drain? The ends of the leaves drying out or turning brown can be caused by too much fertilizer, too much water, or soil that does not drain. Too little water would cause wilting which you don't mention. A little shade is appropriate until you correct the problems. If your soil is impossible you may have to replant it to save it, but replanting may also kill it. If you replant I would pot it in good well draining potting mix and hold off on the fertilizer for now. Northern California climate is fine for peonies. Al

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