The Q&A Archives: Propagation of Tree Peony

Question: Is it possible to propagate tree peony by rooting cuttings?

Answer: Yes, tree peonies can be propagated by cuttings taken in late summer. In the early morning, choose stems that are partially mature and cut into pieces 3-6 inches long with leaves at the upper end. If the leaves are large, cut them smaller to reduce moisture loss, and set the cuttings in pots of rooting medium of half perlite-half peat moss or vermiculite. Bottom heat from a heat mat is helpful, as is frequent misting. Cover the pots with a vented plastic tent to raise the humidity. Once they root, removethe plastic and set the pots in bright light for the winter. They can be planted outside in the spring. Good luck.

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