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Apr 30, 2021 10:21 PM CST
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
We've had several peony handed down to us roughly 20 years ago. We have never really done anything other than plant, let them grow, enjoy their blooms, then cut down in Fall. While trying to remove Bishops weed that has spread amongst them, (AGAIN! Angry ) I accidentally cut off a piece of root approximately 6 inches long! D'Oh! What should I do, if anything? Is this plant doomed? Please help!
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Apr 30, 2021 10:31 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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Nothing, I did the same when I moved Festiva Maxima.
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Apr 30, 2021 10:39 PM CST
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Shwew. Good to know. Thank You!
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Apr 30, 2021 11:05 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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I don't know how it's going to be affected though. This plant didn't have any bloom this year.
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Apr 30, 2021 11:22 PM CST
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Name: LG
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I would plant that root somewhere sunny where you wouldn't mind having a peony. Put the cut side closest to the top of the hole, so the root looks normal. There are some varieties that can grow an new plant from a piece of a root. Mark the spot. It may take a couple of years.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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May 1, 2021 8:03 AM CST
Name: Valerie
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LG - if I didn't save/plant cut roots myself I might have been confused by your instructions to PegNut. Confused The root should of course be planted horizontally Thumbs up
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May 1, 2021 9:11 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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I threw mine away, it's in my compost bin now. Last year I replanted Command Performance with a pip and it was gone this year, the pill bugs devoured it.
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May 1, 2021 12:43 PM CST
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Interesting, Val. I plant mine straight up and down (like a carrot) with the cut end just below soil level, and the tapered end at the bottom of the hole.
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May 1, 2021 12:51 PM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Don't worry about it; I dug out huge peony that was dormant for decades, did not know it was there till it popped out of a Lily of the Valley garden some years back and got so big it was dominating the garden.

I dug it out last fall and gave it, the chunks to a cousin's wife.
They seem to be thriving at her place so far,
Well as I have found out over the past few decades, peonies can become weeds as despite digging deep and hopefully getting it all out, it is still there and looks quite healthy.
I am going to dig it out and roto-till the whole bed, mom's wild roses, she got them from a road ditch are also spreading like crazy in the same bed.

That said, I have three other peonies I DID PLANT some years back and they looked good till one year three stopped blooming and now no matter what I do, I cannot get two to bloom.
I might did them up and toss them in the Lily of the Valley bed as I KNOW they will bloom there because I do not want them there. I tip my hat to you.

In reality if they do not bloom this year I will dig them up and cut the bottom of the roots off to about one-half foot then replant.
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May 1, 2021 8:48 PM CST
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Thank you everyone for your comments. I'll just cross my fingers that it weathers the root cut and bounces back. Now, on to my continued war on the Bishops weed Grumbling .
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May 5, 2021 10:29 PM CST
Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Peg, our ducks will eat the Bishops Weed down to nothing by the end of the summer...it does come back st the same strength, but that allows other things to compete with it.
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May 12, 2021 5:34 PM CST
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Peg, cutting a single 6" piece of feeder root off the side of a very well established peony isn't going to faze it at all. Those roots are basically food storage and I bet yours has more than enough to weather the loss! I've actually heard of growers removing pieces of feeder root to stimulate root growth....
Now depending on the variety some herbaceous peonies will practically insist on being divided. If you notice your peony putting out less buds than normal years or growing in almost a donut pattern with a bare center you'll want to dig it up and divide it once it goes dormant in the fall. I suppose if yours has been in place for 20 years now with no ill effects you probably won't see those issues! Welcome to the peony forum!
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