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Name: John&Tammy
Lent Township,Minnesota (Zone 4a)
JohnandTammy
Feb 3, 2015 5:42 PM CST
I read an article yesterday (I don't recall where) that a gardener claimed you must only plant or transplant peonies in August, and if you were to plant at any other time of the year you would then have to wait 7 years before it were to bloom.That sounds ridiculous so please say it isn't so.
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chelle
Feb 3, 2015 5:54 PM CST
It isn't so. It may take a year or two for blooms, but with care I've successfully moved them anytime the ground isn't frozen. Someone else will have to chime in with a best time though, since I rarely follow standard practice. Smiling

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Name: John&Tammy
Lent Township,Minnesota (Zone 4a)
JohnandTammy
Feb 3, 2015 6:06 PM CST
I am glad I can probably plant this spring then and see blooms next spring,(hopefully). I live in the MPLS/St.Paul area of MN so I am zone 4 but live in a lower valley so I like to plant hardier stock. Thank you for the information.
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Feb 3, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome!

I moved some in the spring two years ago. They have not bloomed yet but I did split them up. Be sure not to transplant them too deep. I've made that mistake!
Name: John&Tammy
Lent Township,Minnesota (Zone 4a)
JohnandTammy
Feb 3, 2015 6:54 PM CST
Thats good to know.So I'll plant them "level to the soil", not deep, not shallow, and thanks for the welcome. This is the first time I have ever posted on any form. I love gardening so this seemed to be the perfect place to start.
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abhege
Feb 3, 2015 6:58 PM CST
I moved mine to GA from MD and they bloomed thd second year, and yes, you can have peonies in the south

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Feb 3, 2015 7:20 PM CST
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Deebie
Feb 6, 2015 6:47 PM CST
Yes, I agree with all of the above. I'm in zone 8a, and have bought peony roots and planted them in late winter/early spring. Lo and behold one year, I got a bloom within a couple of months of planting. It was unexpected and I was shocked. But I enjoyed it all the more. It was my 1st Festiva Maxima. Usually peony need a year to settle in and then bloom the next.
Name: Roy
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Reartinetiller
Feb 11, 2015 7:30 PM CST
I've never had a problem with transplanting peonies. Have done it several times with no lose. Roy

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