Peonies forum: Moving peonies

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Name: Sara
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Sedums Irises Cat Lover Region: Tennessee
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flukybloom
May 6, 2018 9:11 PM CST
Hello!
Peonies have very quickly become one of my favorites, a neighbor let me transplant some of her red ones last year! My question is, we will most likely be moving to another state (zone 7) this summer (pending how long it takes to sell our house, of course Glare ). I would LOVE to take peonies with us, what might the best way to do that? I have a pot I can put them in until I get them planted in their new home, just wondering what the best thing would be to do to not kill them off.

Thanks!
Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.

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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
May 6, 2018 9:35 PM CST
I'd dig them up now and pot them, you could run into trouble in most places for removing any landscaping after sale. You will probably sacrifice this year's flower but that's better than sacrificing the plant!. Put them in a pot that allows plenty of room around the roots, well draining soil. Place them in a shady spot to keep the roots cool, water to keep them damp but not soaked. Plant them in the ground in the fall and they'll be fine!
LizB
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
May 6, 2018 10:08 PM CST
One way is potted as Liz describes above. Another way is forced dormancy. About 2 weeks before you move, cut the stems down to about 2". Two days before you move, dig up the roots and divide into 5-6 eyes roots. Put the roots into a plastic bag filled with peat moss and put the bag into the fridge. When you leave, take the bag with you. If you travel long distance, make sure to keep the roots cool like in an ice cooler. That way, the roots won't rot or get damaged. As soon as you get to your new place, you can either place them in the fridge until you are ready to plant them or you can temporarily put them into a hole in the ground at a full shade spot until you can get to planting them.
Name: Sara
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Sedums Irises Cat Lover Region: Tennessee
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flukybloom
May 8, 2018 7:19 PM CST
Thanks @LizinElizabeth and @kousa! I'm not too worried about digging up in our area because I won't take a whole plant, just enough to start at our new place. Thank You!
Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.

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