Peonies forum: Diminishing Fern Leaf Peony

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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
May 23, 2016 10:24 PM CST
Over the last several years my double FLP has greatly diminished in size, with this year basically only one stem. I also noted it to be very late to emerge both years. I've had this plant probably 10-15 years. There is some competition from other plants in its vicinity, could this be a cause? Could it be approaching the end of its lifespan? ( I know regular peonies can live many years but not sure about the FLP.) Should I try moving it to a new bed where there is less competition? Any advice, suggestions appreciated. Thank You!
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
May 24, 2016 2:58 PM CST
There are 3 things which can spell death to a fern leaf; lack of sunlight, too much watering, and poor draining soil. Dig that puppy and check for rotted roots. Replant it in a full sun location in a raised bed of quick draining soil, if possible.
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
May 24, 2016 10:29 PM CST
Thank you Jerry; I will follow your advice.
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
May 26, 2016 3:44 AM CST

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Jerry's advice is good. Let us know what you decide to do. Problem solving is helpful for all of us.
Tracey
Name: Liz Best
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LizinElizabeth
May 26, 2016 7:04 AM CST
Jerry also shared directions for dividing/transplanting fernleafs a few years ago. Tracey, is there any way to get that post added to our Peony Info Sticky?
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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
May 26, 2016 7:07 AM CST
magnolialover said:Jerry's advice is good. Let us know what you decide to do. Problem solving is helpful for all of us.

I will, Thank You!

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