Peonies forum: Two peony questions

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 5, 2017 3:12 PM CST
Two questions for the more peony-literate among us (I'm still feeling very new to all this).

1. I know that peonies don't like to share their root space, but what does that mean? How large a diameter should I leave around my peonies? And do they do alright with lilies planted about 10 inches from their center?

2. This one is a little more urgent. My peonies are only in the ground since fall of 2016 (they were bare root). I live in North-central Massachusetts (zone 5b). Should I mulch them for the winter?

Thanks in advance.
AKA Joey.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Nov 5, 2017 3:49 PM CST
Hi Joey,
I Plant daylilies, phlox, and other perennials in with my Peonies. 10-12 inches is okay. You just want good air circulation around Peonies to prevent powdery mildew and to make sure that no other plants grow into their root zone and rob them of nutrients and water.

If this is their second Fall I would not mulch your Peonies. They love the cold. I don't know if you get any frost heaving. Just watch them to make sure are okay. Some varieties will show their eyes right at ground level all winter. This is normal. I believe they are sensing the temperature so they know when to start growing again.

The biggest danger to Peonies over the winter is waterlogging. Make sure they aren't planted where water pools or you could lose them.
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Nov 5, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Joannakat, I live in Alaska and it has been raining pretty consistently for the last few weeks - until this morning when it dumped about 3" of snow. Think it is hear to stay. I have never mulched my peonies nor do I suffer frost heaving. I think that occurs more in states with warm cold warm cold over winter.

I think the rule of thumb is don't plant within 4' of any trees for large bushes (maybe any bushes) for the reasons that
LG listed.

I am sure your peonies will do great and hope they bloom beautifully for you next year - they just get better and better every year. Thumbs up
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 5, 2017 4:53 PM CST
Thank you Mary and LG. I think they're ready then and all set to go! We get frost heaves with repeated thawing and freezing out here but I think that for peonies, it usually only happens in their first winter as their roots haven't, well, taken root yet.

Keeping my fingers crossed for the spring and summer of 2018--I only had one flower this year, which I understand is good but not expected for their first season. The other three just showed a bit of greenery.

Here's the flower--it's Bowl of Beauty.



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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Nov 5, 2017 5:13 PM CST
1. most peonies get quite large (roots). If you plant anything too close, those are the plants you would have to worry about:)

2. I am in Michigan zone 5-6 and I do not recall having a problem with heaving of new peony plants.
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 5, 2017 5:14 PM CST
frankrichards16 said:1. most peonies get quite large (roots). If you plant anything too close, those are the plants you would have to worry about:)

2. I am in Michigan zone 5-6 and I do not recall having a problem with heaving of new peony plants.


You mean the other plants? The peonies would be fine? I'm good with that.
AKA Joey.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Nov 5, 2017 5:22 PM CST
Oh, yes. I am zone 3-4
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Nov 5, 2017 5:23 PM CST
Yes, the peonies would be fine...
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 5, 2017 5:46 PM CST
Thanks Frank.
AKA Joey.

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