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Jun 6, 2020 9:52 AM CST

Ok so I planted on the ground 2 days ago. Yesterday was looking great. Today when I checked this morning it opened a bit but very wilted/mushy. Too much water? Not enough water? Or is it normal?
Help. Thank you. :(

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Jun 6, 2020 10:25 AM CST
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Welcome! Peony Newb.
Unfortunately you have disturbed the peony by planting it when the buds were getting ready to open. This is a typical response. It looks like there are a couple of more buds on it, and they may bloom, but don't be shocked if they don't.

I always let a potted peony open its blooms while in the pot, and then either plant it in the ground or hold it in the pot until Fall. It would have been nice if the nursery had given you this advice.
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Jun 6, 2020 10:29 AM CST

Yeah you are probably right. Shame. It was looking so good. I was naive to assume because it was in a pot it would do ok in the ground.
Bummer. There are several buds. At least 15. Sad
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Jun 6, 2020 10:41 AM CST

I'm wondering also If I should still continue to water daily. It'll be mid 80F next few days. Sun is morning sun mostly. Argh. So complicated 😝
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Jun 6, 2020 12:02 PM CST

I watered and I think is much better!!!! Hurray!
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Jun 6, 2020 12:54 PM CST

Omg. That was quick
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Jun 6, 2020 1:01 PM CST
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Jun 6, 2020 1:05 PM CST

Thank you Hurray!
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Jun 6, 2020 1:47 PM CST
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Peonies generally don't like high levels of heat and when you plant as it works to flower, it does two things, tries to focus on flowering and root development, stressing out the plant.

It's very pretty!
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Jun 6, 2020 3:38 PM CST
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It is really pretty, did it come with a name?
Be careful. I live in zone 7a, and high heat plus soggy soil equals root rot!
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Jun 6, 2020 4:38 PM CST

Mieko2 said:It is really pretty, did it come with a name?
Be careful. I live in zone 7a, and high heat plus soggy soil equals root rot!


I'm watering a bit every day. Once a day. Not a ton. I'm in zone 5b
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