Peonies forum→Need advice: New to gardening; peonies dying

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Stone Ridge, NY (Zone 6A, 5B)
May 31, 2021 9:43 PM CST
I just moved to a new house and discovered peonies in my yard - which was a lovely surprise because they're my favorite! Only thing is, they're dying and I don't know why. I suspect from root rot from too much water? Do you have any advice on how to solve this problem? Should I aerate and/or replace the surrounding soil? The area where it is planted is very moist but the surrounding plants seem fine, including another peony bush that's thriving. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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May 31, 2021 11:45 PM CST


It appears you might have botrytis. Pull the mulch away from the crown, of the plant. It shouldn't touch the stems.

I will let the others post as to what you can spray on the plant to help it.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Stone Ridge, NY (Zone 6A, 5B)
Jun 1, 2021 11:01 AM CST
Thanks so much! If that is indeed the case, now I need recommendations on which fungicide to use. I ended up making one at home with baking soda and dishwasher soap and spraying the bush down with it. Hope that works!

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Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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Jun 2, 2021 4:45 PM CST
That's what I sprayed on my SB and it recovered nicely. Today I sprayed the same stuff on my Krinkled white peonies.
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Stone Ridge, NY (Zone 6A, 5B)
Jun 8, 2021 3:52 PM CST
Thanks that's good to know! I just bought 'Bonide - Ready to Use Neem Oil, Insect Pesticide for Organic Gardening' and 'Bonide - Sulfur Plant Fungicide'. Hopefully they will help also.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Jun 8, 2021 4:27 PM CST
Welcome to the site!
It would help if we knew your general location, think it can go in the profile page.
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Stone Ridge, NY (Zone 6A, 5B)
Jun 21, 2021 12:34 PM CST
Thanks for the welcome and suggestion @crawgarden!
I live in upstate NY; zone 6A, 5B.

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