Peony planting - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by townmd
August 26, 2010
what is the correct way to plant a peony?

Answer from NGA
August 26, 2010
Peonies prefer to grow in full sunshine, and they need a pronounced winter chill to bloom best. Prepare the planting hole by digging down about 18 inches to loosen the soil. Add some compost or aged manure to the soil and refill the hole, place the roots so the bud is only 2 inches below the soil surface and finish filling the hole. Water well and spread a mulch over the area. You may have to stake taller varieties, so plan to add a stake to the hole before you refill it. Stems will grow in the spring, and blossoms will follow in the summer. The blossoms are large and can pull the plant over, so gently tie the stems to the stake as they grow.

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