Yellowing leaves on Alexander Fleming Double Peony. - Knowledgebase Question

Fremont, CA
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Question by sandorfo
July 15, 2005
Gentlemen! I have purchased a Monrovia. Alexander Fleming Double Peony about 3-4 weeks ago at a very good nursery in my area. Since I have had it at home the leaves are getting brown and dry. I'm afraid they will all drop off. The attached tag recomends full sun. I have it in the very hot weather in partial sun and shade area. Before, after I purchased it, it was in full sun, partially because the weather was not very warm. What can I do to save this beautiful plant from dying? Thank you for your help.

Answer from NGA
July 15, 2005
Peonies are generally planted in full sun, but because of your growing area, the summer sunshine might be too intense for your peony. The crispy brown leaves are an indication it needs protection from hot afternoon sunshine. Now that you've moved it to a better location, all you need to do is keep it well watered for the rest of the summer. Peonies don't like to have their roots disturbed, so it's best to transplant it in the fall, after the foliage has died down and the roots are dormant. Try to find a site with some shade from the afternoon sun, but with full morning sun. Be sure to amend the planting site with lots of organic matter so the soil will drain well, yet hold just the right amount of moisture. Best wishes with your peony!

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