Peonies forum: Problem with new 2018 growth

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(Zone 8b)
ldj1002yahoocom
Mar 26, 2018 9:12 AM CST
The new growth started off good, but as photo shows it seems to
be curling and leaves (bottom)just don't look good. We have another on other side of house that's green (top) and looks good.
Both photos enclosed.
Can anyone help with problem. Thanks LD
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chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
peonyplan
Mar 26, 2018 10:44 AM CST
What is the temperature and humidity like there?
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Mar 26, 2018 11:33 AM CST
Welcome LD, Welcome!
If you add your USDA zone to your profile it helps in diagnosing problems.

The bottom photo looks like it has some frost/ freeze issues. It should be fine. Both plants look so young that they probably won't bloom this year.
Just my opinion.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Mar 26, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Those could be freeze issue or heat issue. If you are in a warm zone, I think the peony leaf curl is caused by the heat from the bricks that are placed too close to the peony. I advise that you either remove the bricks or place them at least two feet away from the peony. .
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Apr 1, 2018 6:32 AM CST

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Welcome!

The peony in your first photo looks too young to flower. The second photo looks like it could be frost damage. Peonies usually recover pretty well, being spring growing plants. Keep us posted on developments.
Tracey

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kimbonnett
May 21, 2019 1:30 AM CST
4 or 5 of my mature peony plants (some close to 20 years old) have a lot of buds this year and the buds got color and looked as if they were going to start the blooming process, but now look like they are dying and getting hard and dry looking and aren't going to bloom out normally or at all. They are not wilted or drooped over, nor can I see spots on the leaves. The stems feel kind of dry or woody feeling. Last year I had gray fungus pretty bad, but we sprayed once after I dead headed them, again after I cut them all back for the winter, and again this spring after they first started up out of the ground. Why is this happening? I wait all year for my peonies and feel really devastated. They are the only flowers I have because of my extreme deer problems. I can't find any examples anywhere that look like what my peony buds are doing! I'm in zone 5. Maybe tomorrow I should send a picture?
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
May 21, 2019 3:26 AM CST
Hi Kim, photos are always helpful.
I have had some buds turn black when they are the size of a pea. I do pinch them off, making sure that I get all the black parts and do not put them in the compost. Most of the time when this happens, it is on newer plants after a hard Spring Frost.

@lizbest ... since she's in zone 5, do you have any idea?
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
May 21, 2019 10:59 AM CST
Kim, sorry your entry into our forum was because of such a problem! I'm in zone 4b and the only time I've seen what I think you're talking about was later in the year when it got super hot really fast. Pictures might be of help to figure it out...
What did you treat your gray fungus with? I'd start off with a soil test. You don't have trees that have grown to give them too much shade, do you? Barring any deficiencies I'd dig and divide the older ones this fall. I assume they're old lactifloras—some of those really do need to be divided to perform well. Take a look at where your new growth came from this year; if you have a big spot in the middle of any plants where nothing emerged yours need it. If that's the case when you dig them up you'll find the middle of the root is just a hardened, woody mass with no life in it surrounded by viable root pieces, hopefully.
Looking forward to seeing pics, hopefully we can help. Glad you found us!
LizB

Moona
May 30, 2019 5:09 PM CST
❤️peonies
So I'm new on here
Trying to get back to gardening after Hving cancer
So my garden was a jungle
But now after hard work from family
So lucky to see my peonies budding
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
May 30, 2019 8:26 PM CST
Welcome to the peony forum Moona, and I hope that you continue to get better, so that you can enjoy your garden.

It's wonderful that your family has been helpful, and hopefully, you'll be able to share your blooms with us soon!
"Aspire to inspire before you expire"

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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
May 31, 2019 10:56 AM CST
Welcome! Moona! I hope your health will get better and better and gardening will definitely boost your spirit! And thank to your family for helping you.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Jun 2, 2019 5:21 AM CST
Welcome Moona! I hope Gardening will help you feel better. I'm glad your family is helping you.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jun 2, 2019 5:46 AM CST

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Welome, Moona. Enjoy the season while it is with us.
Tracey

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