Dividing Peony - Knowledgebase Question

Belmont, MI
Question by kpearlrd
April 24, 2000
How do you divide a peony in the spring?


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Answer from NGA
April 24, 2000

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Peony plants can be divided to start new beds and is best done in late summer or fall. To divide peonies, separate a portion of the peony clump by inserting a spade shovel and making a vertical cut into the root ball. Dig up this portion, and replantin a carefully prepared bed. (Fill in the hole left next to the parent plant with rich soil.) Or you can dig up the entire peony plant and prune off a section of the root ball. Then replant both sections in prepared beds. Be as gentle as possible with the peony plants; they are sensitive and can be difficult to transplant.

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