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SallySuen
May 7, 2020 11:54 AM CST
Hi, I have a beautiful tree peony growing in a pot for about 5 years now. we have moved to New York from MA two years ago and the plant of course came with us. it normally gave 4 giant flowers in the past years. This year it looks like there are only two. I'm thinking the less production is due to negligence before and after moving. My question is can we move it from the pot to our garden now? is it a good idea? any risk? Or better leave it in the pot. I assume if it's well planted in the soil, it will expand and grow bigger and taller. Look forward to your input! thank you in advance. Sally
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oneeyeluke
May 8, 2020 5:42 AM CST
Plant your Peony in a sunny, well-drained soil because wet soil will cause root rot. Where you are in New York, you may get frost heaving sometime during cold season and that can kill peony plants. It may need winter protection during the Winter. Plant it high in the soil for the best drainage. Plant it like an inch mound above the ground level to avoid soggy soil conditions. When it gets hot and dry, pile 2 or 4 inches of hardwood mulch on top and around the base of the tree to hold the water and keep temps cool.
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May 8, 2020 5:46 AM CST
Yes, I agree with Luke, it can be moved. However be very careful. I find their trunk and branches to be on the brittle side. They will snap fairly easily so be extra careful!!
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