Peonies won't grow

aorti2(z8 TX)August 7, 2005

This is the 3rd year I've had my peonies and they simply won't grow. They will grow a few inches out of the ground, get lots of leaves and stays that way throughout the summer. They never get more than a few inches tall. What am I doing wrong?

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maifleur01

What did you plant and how deep? Where are they planted full sun, shade, dry slope, next to a swamp. Need more information to tell you what the problem is. From the shoulder thought is they are planted way way too deep.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2005 at 11:36PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

For peonies, maximum planting depth is two inches.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2005 at 1:50AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

If I were you this fall I would dig them up. Set your plant aside and dig the bed down to 2 feet. Refill the bed with 50% compost and 50% your native soil. Replant your peonies keeping the buds for next years at the soil level. Be sure you can still see them when you are through. When you weed the bed in the spring add 2 inches of compost around your plants, NOT ON TOP OF THEM. Your peonies should grow up to 3 feet and bloom from then on. Al

    Bookmark   August 16, 2005 at 10:14AM
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cathey123

my peony bushes are over 100 years old. so far they have not shown any signs of coming up. several have started coming up they are also over 100 years old. what could be wrong ?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 12:03PM
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pembroke(6--Louisville KY)

Cathay: hard winter, If they came up before, they will again. Give them time. It looks like everything is running a little later than normal. Pembroke

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 3:49PM
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bellarosa(z5/IL)

great advice! i have over 50 peonies - if not more - and i always make sure not to plant them too deep, plant them in the Fall and also, make sure that they are planted in full sun. it's one of my favorite flowers - can you tell!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 3:52PM
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