The Q&A Archives: Peony Plants In Fairbanks, Alaska?

Question: Please tell me which peonies I can grow as perennials up here in Fairbanks, Alaska. This Winter was very mild for us, but normally it can get as low as -50 for a short stretch of a week or so. This year we only got down to -30 on two days. The rest of the time it was between zero and 20 above. I really love peonies, can I grow them in containers, and then move them inside to a shed in the Winter?

Answer: Peonies are not hardy enough to withstand your winter temperature extremes. You can try planting in containers and moving the dormant plants into a protected area during the winter months, but for best bloom the plants do need to experience a winter chill. Try finding a place that remains right around 32F during the winter. Since this is just an experiment, I'd try one plant to begin with. If you're successful, you might want to invest in a whole collection. Hope it works for you!

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