Bulbs & Peonies - Knowledgebase Question

Seeley Lake, Mo
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Question by martyk3
July 1, 2010
What do I do with my iris's & Daffodils that don't bloom anymore? Dig them up??? Also my peonies haven't bloomed in 2 years. What do they like best regarding soil & sun? Can I transplant them & when?

Thanks, Marty

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
When irises and daffodils are overcrowded they compete with one another for moisture and nutrients. If they have been in the ground for 3 or more years, its' time to dig and divide them then replant so that they have adequate space between them. You can dig them up in late August, amend the soil and replant. Peonies need lots of sunshine and rich, moist soil. Dig them this fall after frost has killed back the foliage. Replant and in the spring they will grow and bloom for you. Enjoy!

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