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Question: I planted a peony two springs ago. This year it was about a foot tall with hearty leaves, no buds. I had to move it about six inches to make room for a small evergreen. The peony went into transplant shock and has yet to recover. I treated it with miracle gro to help reduce the I had thought. What can I do?

Answer: Do keep in mind that a mature peony can take up a space three feet across, so its planting position should take that into account. Unfortunately peonies really do best if planted and then not moved, with the preferred time to move them if necessary being in the fall. They tend to need several years to settle in and recover even under the best of circumstances, so your plant may simply be stressed. The best you can do for your plant is to keep it well watered (water deeply about once a week) and keep it mulched and allow it time to recover. Fertilize it in early spring according to the label instructions and then, if you feel it needs additional fertilizer use the water soluble type but do not exceed the rate according to the label instructions.

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