I moved to a new place and there is this huge peonie in the garden, I decided to dig it out and divide. Now it is out and I am afraid to touch it. It is about 1 foot in diameter (I don't mean the roots, only the actual crown), it does not seem that large after all. I read somewhere online that I should have at least 5 eyes in one division. Is this right? I don't want to divide it too much, I would want my peony to bloom next year... But it was too big last spring and too messy, I didn't like it. Also there is not too much sun in the garden...
Any hints would be appreciated!
Oh one more thing, what about the actual roots, these wont't produce a new plant? is it just the pinky nods that need to be there? There is not too many of those but I have quite a few roots ( like 1-3 inches thick) that came off while digging it out.