The Q&A Archives: Propagaton Of Peonies

Question: When is the best time to divide Peonies and can you raise them from the seed that comes after the blossom.

Answer: Peonies are not normally started from seed. Instead, they are divided. This assures that the new plant is a clone of the original and just as nice, where seedlings will vary from the parent. Peonies are long lived plants that resent disturbance, so it is not usually a good idea to divide them unless you have a specific reason for doing so. They are best divided in the fall and replanted immediately. The new divisions usually take several years to settle in and begin blooming. If you do this, prepare the soil very well and make a large planting area. Plant the eyes (buds on the roots) so that they are about two inches deep. Incorrect planting depth can cause the new plant to fail to bloom.

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