Ask a Question forum: Deer ate my peony bushes. Will they grow back?

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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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Jun 30, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Deer are a fact of life where I live in northeastern PA, so I plant the most deer resistant plants I can find. I NEVER had a problem with deer eating my peonies until two days ago. Two of my 6 year old peony bushes were eaten down to just bare sticks! Every single leaf was gone. At least I was able to enjoy the flowers when they were in bloom. Will these plants survive? Regrow leaves? I don't know how they will fare during the rest of the summer. Any info would be great!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Jun 30, 2017 4:43 PM CST
I have never had a problem with deer eating peonies either. The roots are intact and the stems are green - your peonies will be back.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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