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Feb 9, 2010 11:53 AM CST
Name: Juergen Steininger
Skidmore, Missouri (Zone 5b)
Breeding for the future
Deep and wide. But before putting spade to soil check out this link for starters

www.hollingsworthpeonies.com/dividing_and_replanting_a_peony

This is a good place to start for those looking to divide or replant their peonies. Other questions or concerns you will be able to find an email address within to direct those to us personally
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Feb 9, 2010 12:17 PM CST
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Name: Tracey
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Thank you for visiting the area Don. Good to have you here. Hurray!

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Feb 9, 2010 7:10 PM CST
Name: Diann
Lisbon, IA
Charter ATP Member Cat Lover Hostas Region: Iowa Lilies Peonies
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Yay, a true expert among us! Smiling I tip my hat to you.
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Feb 13, 2010 2:23 PM CST
Name: Susan

Oh boy gonna check out Don's link for my floriculture in peonies.
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Apr 11, 2010 3:03 PM CST
Name: Nicole
Atlanta 8a
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Welcome Don. Love your peonies.
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Apr 11, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Diann
Lisbon, IA
Charter ATP Member Cat Lover Hostas Region: Iowa Lilies Peonies
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
It could be Lucas instead of Don. Either way those guys know their peony! Smiling
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Apr 28, 2010 7:03 AM CST
Name: Juli
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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I just found your cubit!

I have a question. I do know that spring is not the ideal time to move peonies - but it had to be done. Long story. Anyway, last weekend, a friend and I moved quite a few peonies. I did cut the buds off of them. Some look like they have never been moved, and others have the top half to one third wilted.

I am unsure about "cutting them back" because you can't really cut half the stem off and leave foliage... most of the foliage is at the top. Should I cut every other stem to the ground? Or, should I just let them be?
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Apr 28, 2010 7:58 AM CST
Name: Diann
Lisbon, IA
Charter ATP Member Cat Lover Hostas Region: Iowa Lilies Peonies
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How much of the root ball did you get when you moved them?
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Apr 28, 2010 2:56 PM CST
Name: Juli
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Some we were able to get a large root ball, and others we were not. I was moving them from nasty heavy clay to a nice prepared soil, so I did take off a lot of soil if it was possible without destroying the roots.
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Apr 28, 2010 6:11 PM CST
Name: Diann
Lisbon, IA
Charter ATP Member Cat Lover Hostas Region: Iowa Lilies Peonies
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
If it was me, I would take the ones that are looking poorly and divide them down to about five or so eyes a division and cut off about half of the top growth and replant. That's what I would do. Good luck.
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Apr 28, 2010 7:04 PM CST
Name: Juli
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Ok! Thanks so much!

I had three ummm, do you call them clumps of peonies? they are not bushes... hmmm

Well anyway, I had three that were my Mom's great Aunt's. My Mom is 85, so they have been in her family a long time. This is, three clumps of the same peony... not three different cultivars.

Fortunately, we only had to move two of them. I'll move one more this fall, and the final one the fall after that. They are the only ones that cannot be replaced.

Several of the ones I moved were from a friend, who I am no longer in touch with. She had quite a collection. I hope they do well, as I dearly love them.

I have been around gardening for 30 years, but have never moved peonies. I was so surprised when I saw how HUGE some of the ... do you call them tubers?... were.

I think - if they make it - they will be a lot happier where they are now than where they have been for the last few years.
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Apr 28, 2010 7:57 PM CST
Name: Diann
Lisbon, IA
Charter ATP Member Cat Lover Hostas Region: Iowa Lilies Peonies
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
When you decide to move the others this fall, you should divide them too. You'll have happier and stronger plants for it in the long run. Smiling

I have about seven that I need to move somewhere this fall. Of course, I've been saying that for three years now. I just need to get the bed ready NOW so that I will actually move them this fall. Smiling LOL I'll get there.

Of course, I'll probably have several new ones to put in the ground next to them. There is nothing like a Peony addiction, unless it's a Lily addiction, or an Iris addiction or worst of all, a Hosta addiction!! *ARGH* Rolling on the floor laughing
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