New Peony Problems - Knowledgebase Question

Chester Springs, PA
Question by shipmom1232
June 25, 1998
I planted a peony plant last fall which came up this year very nicely producing a good amount of foliage and several buds. Two of the buds opened, but the flowers lasted only 2 days -- is this the time frame for the flower? Also, the stems of the rest of the buds became black from about two inches below the bud throughout the whole bud, and of course, drooped and were obviously dead not not going to bloom. What caused that? How can I prevent it?
Also, the place I planted my peony is too crowded because I didn't realize how large they would become. I assume that I should wait until the fall to transplant -- do I cut back the foliage at that time to retain only the tuber or do I replant the whole root ball and tuber with attached foliage? A second peony I planted in the spring produced foliage but no flowers. I realize I may need to wait another year or two for flowers, but how do I know if the reason it didn't flower was because I planted it too deeply? Could that correct itself over the next year or two and flower after all?

Thanks for your help. Your hotline is great!


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Answer from NGA
June 25, 1998

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is cool, early September otherwise. Then follow the original planting instructions as to transplant care.

Good luck with your peonies!

is cool, early September otherwise. Then follow the original planting instructions as to transplant care.

Good luck with your peonies!

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