Peonies

The RHS recommends starting with bare-root rather than container grown plants.  They will generally have 3 to 5 ‘eyes’ (buds) on the end of a long carrot-like root.

Plant peonies with the tips of the buds 2 inches (5 cm) below the soil surface, making sure the roots are not exposed.  Peonies need a period of chilling in winter, which they don’t get if planted too deeply.

Make a large hole when planting.  Peonies take time to settle and should flower in their second year.

Stake peonies as necessary.  Semi-circular hoop supports work well.

Feed with seaweed extract in spring & mid-summer.

Mulch lightly with well-rotted manure in November.

Cut stems to ground level in November.

** we have a dark pink/red flowering peony, along with a gorgeous yellow-flowering peony in the back patch.

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