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Mar 3, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Hello and thank you for taking my question.

I am a beginner gardener who lives in zone 5. I recently purchased "boxed" peony divisions from Lowes. They're bagged within the box where upon they are in moist peet, I believe. Where and how should I store them? It "appears" the eyes are beginning to sprout. Now I have them in my non heated garage still in the packaging as that's what the clerk recommended. Should I pot them and leave in garage and if so what potting medium? Should I leave them be till after last frost? Should I plant as soon as earth is workable? Tehehehe. Wow. Any advice would be great. Thanks again for taking the time for my(these) questions. Have a great day!!::))
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 3, 2017 12:32 PM CST
For now, store them in a cool place (I always store things like that in the vegetable crisper of my refrig). Plant them as soon as the ground is thawed. If they sprout in the bag, that's okay. Try to store them so the new shoots go up.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Mar 3, 2017 12:44 PM CST
If you have any warm days coming up and your soil is workable, plant them as soon as possible. Plant them so that their eyes are 1-2" below soil level. Pile a bunch of mulch on top if your weather continues to be cold in the days to come. This will help the root from heaving. When mid April comes around, you must brush the mulch off the plant so that the sprouts can grow. If you wish to move the plant to a better garden area, do this in the fall around late Sept. Due to their small sizes, these plants may not bloom for several years. Peonies also need full sun to bloom and well drain soil because their crowns are very susceptible to rot.

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