yound Red Chinese Tree Peony's winter care. - Knowledgebase Question

Marblehead, Ma
Question by jodymagee
November 13, 2009
I was given a cutting and planted it in July. The stalk has sprouted several branches, and it grew to about 8

Answer from NGA
November 13, 2009


Tree peonies are self-reliant and require little care in the fall. Unlike herbaceous peonies, tree peonies stems do not get cut back. Fastidious gardeners can trim back the leaves to the stems and in severely cold climates - horticultural zones 2 and 3 - they can be screened with burlap to protect from winter winds and heavy snow. Also different from herbaceous peonies, tree peonies like mulch. A light layer of nutrient-rich mulch or compost will feed and protect your plant in the winter. Avoid mulching with wood chips however as the fungus that decomposes wood chips can infect tree peonies. For the most part, however, tree peonies do not require any special fall or winter care. Your tree peony will bloom when it reaches a certain stage of maturity - usually about 3 years of age.

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