The Q&A Archives: Growing Peonies

Question: Can I grow Peonies along the foundation of the house on the East side? I notice that there is one coming up out of the ground now in that location. Will it thrive or should I move it now?

Answer: Peonies prefer some shade from hot afternoon sun so yours should be quite happy where it's planted. Since the plants don't like to be disturbed, you shouldn't move the one you have until the clump becomes overcrowded. If you're going to plant additional Peonies, prepared the soil by digging about 18" deep and mixing in a good dose of aged manure or compost. Amending the soil in this way will give the roots of your plants a nice moist, nutrient rich place to explore. Backfill the hole slightly and then set the new plants so they're planted at the same level as they were growing in the containers. Peonies like to be watered regularly, so plan to supply about one inch of water each week druing the growing season. Following the above guidelines should enable your Peonies to thrive for many years.

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