The Q&A Archives: Peony care

Question: Hi.... I bought a peony this summer. Its about 1 and a half feet tall.
Unfortunately, it is still in its original store plant pot and never got planted.
How can I keep it alive til the spring? Is it too late?
Can I keep it in the garage or basement? Do I water it at all during its dormancy? Please help! I don't want to lose it.

Thanks so much for all your help and the details are excellent that you give me.

Answer: Peonies are hardy perennials that survive cold winters with little care. All you need to do is bury the pot in the ground, cut back the foliage after it has yellowed in fall, and mulch over the top of the plant (and pot) with a 2- to 3-inch-thick layer of straw or shredded bark after the ground freezes. In the spring you can unearth the pot and your peony should grow beautifully for you.

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