Peonies forum: Water Fernleafs When Planted?

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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 17, 2013 9:57 PM CST
This is probably a stupid question but I'll ask it anyway because I don't want to ASSUME--are fernleaf peonies, both the true fernleafs and the hybrids, supposed to be watered in the fall after planting? I assume anything being planted should be watered then and on occasion but I've read here from other members that have them that fernleafs don't want to be watered once they're dormant, which they will be when I plant them....Don't want to make a rookie mistake and kill my plants before I even see a bloom!
Liz
Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Aug 18, 2013 6:18 AM CST
Hi Liz,

I don't water any of my newly planted peony tubers. I let Mother Nature take care of them during the fall and winter. The rainfall, and if we get any snow, as it melts, is enough water for them here.

What is your weather like at this time of year?
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 18, 2013 8:14 AM CST
We've actually had quite a bit of rain this summer, Denver area is actually considered high desert so it's been atypical. There is no rain forcast for the next week.
All of my new peonies are going in a new raised bed and it's still slightly damp from last week's rain. I mulch pretty heavily to keep moisture around as long as possible here since we're normally so dry.
Liz
Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Aug 18, 2013 8:35 PM CST
Be sure not to mulch too heavily over the planted tubers, they don't like to be planted too deeply, or they wont bloom. They should do well in your raised bed, which will allow them to have good drainage.
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Name: Diann
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Aug 22, 2013 7:50 AM CST

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Mulch them in your zone so they don't heave during the winter. In the early spring pull the mulch back away from crown of the plant. I would also water them in if you don't expect rain.

Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Aug 22, 2013 11:20 AM CST
I usually fill halfway around the roots and flush thoroughly with water in order to settle soil in all the gaps. Finish filling the hole and flush with water again. No more water until Spring. They like it dry.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 22, 2013 8:28 PM CST
I'll do that' Oldgardenrose. Sounds like a good way to make sure I don't leave air pockets around the roots. Hopefully they'll start showing up in a couple of weeks!
Liz

Alana
Aug 26, 2013 8:22 PM CST
They probably will not show up until next year. Being dormant allows the root to establish in the soil and send out feeder roots rather than sending up foliage which could weaken the plant.
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Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Aug 26, 2013 8:55 PM CST
I have made several digs and divides at different times of the year and have never had a fall stem sprout. Another thing just as info, the singles have always increased in the number of eyes over the doubles. Do not be disappointed if they do not increase as quickly the regular peonies. That is one of the reasons why they are more scarce and expensive.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 29, 2013 8:18 PM CST
Sorry, didn't mean new shoots--I ordered them online and they should show up in the mail soon! I actually got several in from Edelweiss Perennials last week and planted them, they were tiny 4 inch pots but they'll be big enough to bloom eventually......
Liz

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