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Peony not looking too good and moss?

Posted by cherry67 6 (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 20, 12 at 19:57

So, in Fall 2010 I planted 5 Peonies in my yard, 4 came up the following spring. We had tons of rain that spring, the holes where the 4 that came up were full of standing water quite a few times. This spring only 1 peony came back. It only had one stem with leaves this time(last spring it had 2 or 3). No flowers this time either. Now it's pretty ratty looking...discolored with burnt edges on the leaves. There is this green carpet like moss covering the ground all over the base of the plant. Does anyone know what could be causing the moss and do you think I should plant it in another location? We have heavy clay soil and I'm in zone 6.
Thanks for any help!

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RE: Peony not looking too good and moss?

Oh and one more thing, earlier this spring it looked as if the very tip of an eye was poking up thru the soil(besides the one stem), but it apparently was a dud and never made another stem. Is it possible this peony has root rot and is just barely hanging on? I'm guessing that's what happened to the other ones since they never came back. Would that also cause it to have less stems than last year? I always heard they double the amount of stems from one year to the next...

RE: Peony not looking too good and moss?

It sounds like your planting location is too poorly drained for peony. A mound or a raised bed at least a foot high I think would be required to be successful with peony or most other plantings, except bog type. It may be possible to install drainage tile, which would depend on your layout. Al

RE: Peony not looking too good and moss?

Thanks for the advice, Al. I would like to keep it as simple as possible, with a mound should I just place the plant above the dirt and add more dirt around it(without amending the soil below it)? Sorry for the silly questions, I'm not the most experienced :)

RE: Peony not looking too good and moss?

I would calculate how much soil needed to make the raised bed and order it from a landscape supply. It should be a balanced mix of loam and is usually sold as "Topsoil". It takes 27 cubic feet to make a yard, which is the measure used. Al

RE: Peony not looking too good and moss?

Thanks Al! I'll call around and try to pick up some topsoil then.

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