The Q&A Archives: Herbaceous Peonies

Question: Hi,

I recently moved into my house and this summer discovered both pink and red peonies in a shady corner of the yard. I tried moving them to a sunnier location but they drooped and would not stand upright. I cut the stems and flowers, enjoying the bouquet. However I would like to replant them - I saved all the roots/tubors. How should I store these until planting? Cold? Dark? I understand that I should plant them in the fall. Thanks!

Answer: Peonies dislike having their roots disturbed and especially dislike being moved when they are in full bloom. So, when you replanted them, they began to wilt to show their dismay. In the winter, after the foliage dies down, the roots can be dug up and transplanted. Doing this while they're dormant causes less shock. Since you've already dug them up, I'd replant the roots now and hope they respond by producing new foliage. In the meantime, enjoy your lovely bouquet!

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