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deer mulled my peony

Posted by lynnichols z5 OH (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 12, 07 at 20:17

Ok, so I don't really know anything about Peonies but found myself owning a small plant. I planted it early summer and while it did fine, it didn't grow or bloom. Its small-medium sized. In fall, the deer ate a good chunk of it and throughout the winter they finished it off. There is currently about 3-4 branches remaining sticking up from the ground about 4-5 inches. Is this plant doomed or can it survive a deer mulling like this? Thanks for the help.

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RE: deer mulled my peony

I'd assume that the 4-5" branches remaining are the dead stalks from last season, which could've been cut way back last fall anyway. There 'should' be no problem with it returning. If you look closely at the base, or carefully scoop away any mulch, you should see some dark pink finger tip like growth.

Scoot the mulch back after checking it out.


RE: deer mulled my peony

I live in the woods with lots of deer and have never had them even sample my peonies. Are they eating your other plants? Al

RE: deer mulled my peony

They are eating ALL of my plants. It was a bad year for my hostas, my smaller younger trees and even some of my barberry. Deer resistant plants are not so in my yard. Thanks for the help!

RE: deer mulled my peony

Are your plants tree peonies or herbaceous peonies? When you said branches in the original post, it made me think of tree peonies. I have heard of them eating tree peonies before, but they usually don't bother the herbaceous ones.

RE: deer mulled my peony

It seems obvious that deer hungry enough will eat anything not poisonous. In my opinion you will have to fence them out if you are to garden where you are. A large dog left out at night is effective but usually also requires a fence. Al

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