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Sep 29, 2016 9:10 AM CST
New member here looking for some advice on moving peonies.
I presently live in southeastern Massachusetts and I'm relocating to southern Maine in approximately 6 weeks. I have two peonies that I would like to dig up and take with me. The issue is that I won't be able to replant them until spring.
Do I leave them outside in pots for winter or would it be better to keep them in a garage until ready to plant?
Thanks in advance! Thank You!
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Sep 29, 2016 9:14 AM CST
Put them in pots. Can you bury the pots or will they be above ground? Main gets pretty cold so I would worry a bit about them being above ground with so little to protect them in a pot. If your garage is unheated that might be the better bet. Hopefully our more knowledgeable members will have more specific advice. Peonies are pretty tough. I kept one is a pot in our crawl space over winter. The crawl space was around 50-55F and it did just fine.

Sep 29, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Thank you for your reply Oberon.
I will try to bury the pots. I'm moving about 2 hours from where I am now and hopefully they will survive the winter.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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Sep 30, 2016 10:01 AM CST
Good advice, Mary--I'm pretty sure they'll survive fine either way. Keep in mind though that peonies can be planted out anytime the soil isn't too frozen to work; you can even pre-dig holes and store the backfill where it won't freeze and plant well into winter.
Name: Tracey
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Oct 1, 2016 11:18 AM CST


It's always tough with a move out of season sequence. MaryStella gave about as good of advice as there is. Hope everything does well for you Amjbono. And welcome to Smiling
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oct 1, 2016 11:15 PM CST
Thanks Tracey. Kind of you to say. I am busy getting in peonies just ahead of snowfall. Frost every morning but the afternoons are pretty nice. Since I am digging up the bed and removing ground cover of land standing it is tough duty. Sieving out soil and disposing of plants. Want a new look and I can't contend with the deeply established roots mixed with grass that has invaded one section. It should look pretty nice with just peonies, lilies and iris. That way I can preen and mulch easily between each plant or subsection of iris or lilies.

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