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how long to wait and see?

Posted by Rigelcaj z4 VT (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 21, 05 at 15:40

I'm new to gardening and was given several chunks of a friend's huge peony last fall, as well as buying one. The gifted ones grew nicely, up to a couple of feet tall, and are pretty leafy, but I only got a single flower last spring - from a gifted one, too. Some got buds, but they crisped up and never opened.
One seemed to have a fungus, so I'll cut that back and hope for the best, but wonder whether I should dig up the others and plant them nearer the surface, or whether I should just give them another season to get established.

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RE: how long to wait and see?

How deep did you plant them?

IA Z5a

RE: how long to wait and see?

Good question. I don't recall. I'm pretty sure that what I did was plant them at the depth that the tag on the purchased peony (Karl Rosenfeld, I think) advised - but we do have clay here, and maybe I needed to adjust for that, even though I amended where I planted them.

RE: how long to wait and see?

A lot of times a peony will either not bloom, or bloom just a little the first year after transplanting. If you're pretty sure you planted them correctly, wait and see what they do next spring. Usually by the third year, they're blooming at full capacity.
The fungus may be boytritis (sp?)-also not unheard of in newly transplanted peonies. Cut them back and remove all the foliage from the bed.
I've got lots of peonies in some pretty mean clay, and they do just fine.

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