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Vancouver Island, Canada
eden_mills
Oct 22, 2017 10:33 AM CST
I bought a Tree Peony at the end of the summer but I don't really know how to care for it.

I live on Vancouver Island, Canada
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 22, 2017 4:43 PM CST
Welcome!

First, find a sunny location and dig a nice big hole. Amend with a little garden soil. If its in a pot, plant it slightly deeper than the pot soil level. If bareroot, plant it deep enough to cover the graft. After you plant it, water once to settle the soil and then leave it be.

Tree peonies come back from the same stems year after year so don't prune now. In late winter/early spring, when the buds start to swell, prune out the dead wood.

Feed it well once it starts to leaf out in spring. Tree peonies are heavy feeders.
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Pistil
Oct 25, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Hi eden-
I live in Washington State, about 60 miles from you. I have two tree peonies. Both are in locations that get afternoon shade and they do OK. One of them has sort of weak wood and sprawls all over, so once I just chopped it off in the spring to about 8 inches or so, it grew up that summer and even bloomed a bit. I might do it again next spring.

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