The Q&A Archives: Problem with Peonies

Question: We planted 2 Sara Bernhardt Peony plants about a month ago. One is drooping badly and the other is starting to as well. We water them extra, but not overwatering, and they still look so withered. The leaves are even starting to turn brown. What is the problem? THey are in full sun much of the day, and the card accompanying them said they should be in full sun. Please help.

Answer: Browing foliage could be a symptom of transplant shock, or it could indicate that the soil is not draining well. I hope you planted them at the same soil level as they were growing in the pot and that you amending the soil with organic matter prior to planting. If not, wait until they are dormant (after frost kills the tops back) and then dig them up, amend the soil with organic matter and replant them. Cover over the top of the soil with mulch to protect the roots from winter cold. Next spring they should grow and thrive in the sunny spot in your garden.

Best wishes with your peonies!

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