Peony Transplanting - Knowledgebase Question

Bremerton, WA
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Question by fledly
August 6, 2005
When is the best time to dig up and transplant peony tubers?

Answer from NGA
August 6, 2005
The best time to transplant your peonies is in the fall. Select a site with well-drained soil in full sun. The planting hole should be about 2 ft in diameter and 1 1/2 ft deep. Add lots of peat moss or leaf mold. (Do not use manure since it may make the roots rot and foster disease.) For each plant, mix a double handful of bone meal with the soil. Set the tops of the buds of the crown no more than 2 inches below the surface of the soil...any deeper and they will not flower. In heavy clay soil plant them 1 inch deep. Twice a year, in early spring and fall, sprinkle a handful of bone meal around each plant and scratch it into the soil. Peonies usually take 3-5 years to attain mature size. There may be no blossoms the first year and only a few the second season after transplanting.

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