Peonies forum: Rising peony roots

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Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
Charter ATP Member
Oct 12, 2017 5:25 PM CST
I have always had issues with peony roots rising to the surface after having been planted for about 5 years. Never gave it much thought until this year when I dug several peonies planted on level ground instead of raised beds. I think the reason for the rising was the holes were too shallow when they were planted. In hard soil, it is tempting to dig no more than necessary to plant the roots to the correct depth. As the roots grow larger, there is nowhere to go but up which pushes up the crown. I have noticed on this forum some of the pictures of new roots from vendors were long and vertical where mine have a tendency to grow horizontally. Same thing can happen when the hole is not large enough in diameter. The roots grow out to the hard edge then turn back into a twisted mess. My next peony holes will be deep and wide. This pic is of my single pink which is about 5 years old in that spot. It was taken sometime during this week. Too early for eyes above the surface.
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