Peonies forum: How long will roots purchased at a big box store last?

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Oct 15, 2017 7:04 PM CST
I was cleaning out some gardening stuff today and came across a whole bunch of bulbs and roots I purchased probably 2yrs ago on sale at Lowes. I had completely forgotten about them. Is there any chance the peonies are still viable? Is it worth my time to put them in the ground and see what happens?
Thank you,
Floyd, VA
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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Oct 15, 2017 7:17 PM CST
I’d soak them in water for several hours and see how they look. If the roots are still firm I’d plant them and watch for growth in the spring—nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Just don’t expect too much for the first year, if you get foliage that’s great. Most of the roots sold in the big box stores are small enough to need a few year’s growth before blooming. And welcome to the forum, Finelyfound!

Oct 15, 2017 7:29 PM CST
Thanks. I felt them through the bag and they were good and firm. I'll try soaking them before I plant them.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Oct 16, 2017 6:59 AM CST
Welcome finelyfound!

I agree with Liz! Just don’t plant them too deeply. Welcome!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.

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