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Question: I have peonies that are about 4 yrs old, but they have not flowered, what could be wrong?
Right now they are on the side on our house which faces West, because of trees next door I am not sure if they get enough Sun. Should I move them?? Thanks, Jan McMillen--Lodi,OH

Answer: If your peonies are not blooming inspite of good growth, they either need more sunshine (8 hours is minimum), or they were planted too deeply in the first place. I'd vote for digging them up and moving them to a sunnier spot, planting them so that the eyes are only 2-3" below the soil surface. Since peonies resent being moved, wait until after frost has killed the tops back. This experience will signal the roots to go dormant. When the roots are dormant you can dig and move the plants. When they wake up from their dormancy they won't even know they've been moved.

Good luck with the move.

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