The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Peonies

Question: Can I transplant my peonies now...Spring vs. waiting untill
fall? They bush up full and green, bud and never bloom,
I think because they are palnted on the NW side of my house.
About this time of year when a nearby viburnum leafs out it blocks the sun. I want to move them to a location on the west side.

Answer: Peonies should be planted while they're dormant, to avoid the stress and shock of transplanting. They really resent having their roots disturbed and can sulk for years if moved at the wrong time. But, since they're not blooming now, you may not have much to lose. Try to make the transition as quickly as possible and take as much of the rootmass as possible. Also be sure to plant them at the same soil level that they were growing before. Be sure to plant peonies in deep, rich, moist soil. Dig a hole at least 1 1/2 feet deep (roots go this far down!) and amend the soil with lots of organic matter to help loosen the soil and to retain moisture. Then backfill, planting the root clump so that the eyes are no deeper than 2-3 inches under the surface of the soil. Keep your newly transplanted peonies well-watered. Good luck with your move!

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