peony - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by hoashih
January 20, 2011
do peony grow in texas

Answer from NGA
January 20, 2011
Peonies won't grow well in Texas because they need a pronounced cold period during the winter months. They won't bloom the second year if the weather doesn't cooperate. If you consider them biennials rather than perennials you can certainly enjoy them in your garden, as long as you plan to replace them every third year. To hedge your bet a little and force them into dormancy in the fall months, simply stop watering them in late September and when the tops die down, cut the foliage away from the plant and mulch over the top with a few inches of compost. With any luck the roots will rest all winter long and you'll see new stems, foliage and flowers grow the following spring.

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