After a full search of GW I come to you all for some wise advice ...
For years I've wanted to successfully overwinter a tree peony. I have an unnamed Japanese (leaf form and bloom) that I'd like to have bloom next Spring.
The problem is loss of buds formed along the woody stems in fall. They never develop into anything in Spring. The sticks scratch green. I've never gotten a tree peony to leaf out, much less bloom :-(
Should I use a cloche? Heavy Mulch?? Benign Neglect??? It is in full sun, great draining soil, avg PH, light mulch, and is somewhat sheltered.
Thanks for any advice.