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Name: Aileen
Toronto, ON (Zone 6b)
Peonies Region: Canadian
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ailizou
May 31, 2016 9:04 AM CST

My herbaceous peony is three years old. Last year it was very healthy and produced more than a dozen flowers.

This year only a tiny little stem came out. I dug the soil out and found this kind of worms. Also the soil was damp. I'm just wondering if my plant is dying because the damp soil or the worms. Is it possible to bring it back to life? Thanks ahead.

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 31, 2016 11:49 AM CST
Hi Aileen. Welcome! to NGA

The 'worm' is a millipede; they eat decaying matter. I suspect it stayed too wet and rotted.

Daisy
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
May 31, 2016 12:44 PM CST
My guess, and that is all it is, it is too deep.

I planted transplanted some peonies and while not in such a short time span, after flowering comparatively well for several years, they now look a lot like yours.
It takes years for a peony to really take hold so I raised mine up, which while the guides say put them in at this level, it is better to be too high than too low.
I have cleared mulch and dirt from some that did not seem to be doing as well as they should but then they were sitting in hole compared to surround area and it does not take long for that hole to fill in.

I am moving /raising a quarter dozen this fall, a good deal higher to see how they perform next spring.
Mulching peonies I found is not a good idea, yet I have some on the edge of my vegetable garden and even though they seem to be covered with enough dirt to hurt them they are actually getting to big and spreading.

Another oddity; when my parents bought their house the yard was full, dozens of peony bushes, the yard line on one side was determined by a peony hedge, and they were in a drainage low spot.
Well they ripped out all but a dozen.
NOw where lillies of the valley have been for as long as I have been alive, peony bushes are popping out of the ground all over the place and actually becoming a weed.
I was not born till years after they bought the house but if dad was still alive he could tell me where they used to be so I could know where more may pop out.

As a guess again some types must be more sensitive to location, as some planted in an identical manner and location do poorly to middling while others do well.
Name: Aileen
Toronto, ON (Zone 6b)
Peonies Region: Canadian
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ailizou
May 31, 2016 8:16 PM CST
DaisyI said:Hi Aileen. Welcome! to NGA

The 'worm' is a millipede; they eat decaying matter. I suspect it stayed too wet and rotted.

Daisy


Thank you, Daisy. This is my first day here. Rolling my eyes.

Now I realize I might have watered it too much. Sad

Have to start a new peony. I decided to give it up.
Name: Aileen
Toronto, ON (Zone 6b)
Peonies Region: Canadian
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ailizou
May 31, 2016 8:21 PM CST
RPR: I will move this dying peony to another spot. While doing so, I will try to raise it a bit.Hopefully the only left stem can still survive.

Well, looks like you have lots of experience with peonies. I wish I could have peonies as weed. Sticking tongue out Just kidding.

Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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DaisyI
May 31, 2016 9:15 PM CST
I've never had peonies as a weed. That would be AWESOME!! Be careful in your moving/raising as peony rhizomes are delicate and don't handle being broken very well.

Daisy
Name: Aileen
Toronto, ON (Zone 6b)
Peonies Region: Canadian
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ailizou
Jun 17, 2016 8:24 AM CST
Daisy,

You were right about the root. I dug the root out and it is rot. So sad it was developed very well. I must have watered too much. Sad

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