Peonies - Knowledgebase Question

Anaheim, CA
Question by BETSYANSEL
March 29, 1999
Late last summer I planted three peony bulbs in 8" black plastic pots (I bought them on sale for 2 cents each!) I would like to move them to large terracotta pots. What size pot should I get (I have no idea how large they get) and are there any special requirements for peonies?


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Answer from NGA
March 29, 1999

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Peonies are herbaceous perennials that grow from tuberous roots. Each clump can grow 2'-4' tall with an equal spread. The plants are very deep rooted and will need rich, loose, moist soil to perform best. Planted directly in the garden, each peony needs a 12"-18" deep hole. So, if you're planting in pots, make sure the pots are 12"-18" deep. Peonies resent being disturbed once established, and should not be lifted and divided unless absolutely necessary. It's best to transplant them in the fall, after the foliage withers and the roots have slowed their growth. Peonies prefer some shade from hot afternoon sun, so plant them where they will get morning sunshine.

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