Peonies forum: How late can I replant peonies?

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Oct 15, 2014 8:27 AM CST
They are dug, but rather than mail them to my sister who lives in Detroit, I am thinking of bringing them along on a plane Nov 5. To late for her to plant?
Name: Caroline Scott
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Oct 15, 2014 8:31 AM CST
Will her soil be frozen by then?
Maybe she will need to get her tea kettle out and thaw the soil?
We could still plant in November most years here.
Name: Liz Best
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Oct 15, 2014 9:08 AM CST
I agree with Caroline! I'd suggest that you have her did the hole now and put the soil to backfill in the garage or somewhere it won't freeze. You shouldn't have any problems planting that late but make super sure you don't leave any air gaps when you plant.
Name: Jen Dionne
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Oct 24, 2014 10:28 AM CST

LizinElizabeth's suggestion is the safest, but assuming the ground is not frozen, and I would be very surprised if it was, you will be fine planting then. You can plant them right up until the ground freezes.
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