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Replanting peony

Posted by allium_acres z6 MA (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 12, 14 at 9:34

I'm planning to move a peony to a sunnier spot this fall. Everything I've read on the web says that the new hole should be 2 feet wide and deep. Just thinking about digging a hole that big is exhausting! Is it really necessary? What can I get away with and still have a happy plant? Thanks for your advice.

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RE: Replanting peony

I've never actually dug a 2'X2' hole for any of my peonies but I plant in raised beds because the soil in my garden area is hard clay. If your peony has been in place for quite a while the rootball might be about that big anyway! Are you planning to divide it before replanting? Do you have good soil where you're planting?

RE: Replanting peony

Mulch a spot like crazy right now. A foot deep. Wait as late as possible to transplant, then loosen the soil as deep as possible, dig a small trench, put in the peony roots, and cover them with heavily composted soil to an inch deep. Then add another foot of loose mulch on top until spring.

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