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New Lenox, IL
LisaZee
May 29, 2018 9:47 AM CST
I want to transplant my peony plants from where they are now to a location where I can enjoy them more. I want to replant them to a location where I have just cut down evergreen trees (Blue Spruce type). Can I do this or will the soil be bad for them? Would I need to amend the soil or wait a few years for the soil to change since the trees are no longer there? HELP
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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MindiHammerstone
May 29, 2018 11:09 AM CST
Why do you think the soil would be bad for them?
Name: Reb
Rochester, MN (Zone 4a)
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RebNew
May 29, 2018 12:02 PM CST
Hello Lisa - Love peonies! Unfortunately I don't think that peonies enjoy highly acidic soil. If I recall, as pine needles decompose they increase the acidity level of the soil. How long ago did you take out the spruce?

We've always kept ours well away from the pines trees, but we have jack pine, white pine, Norway pine. Not certain if spruce needles have the same impact.
New Lenox, IL
LisaZee
May 29, 2018 12:20 PM CST
we are taking them out presently. will have to check and see if these evergreens have same acidic causing issues.
Thanks for the info
Name: Kyle
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quercusnut
May 29, 2018 12:52 PM CST
RebNew said:Hello Lisa - Love peonies! Unfortunately I don't think that peonies enjoy highly acidic soil. If I recall, as pine needles decompose they increase the acidity level of the soil. How long ago did you take out the spruce?

We've always kept ours well away from the pines trees, but we have jack pine, white pine, Norway pine. Not certain if spruce needles have the same impact.


Apparently pine needles have no effect on soil acidity.

https://www.gardenmyths.com/pi...
Name: Reb
Rochester, MN (Zone 4a)
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RebNew
May 29, 2018 1:41 PM CST
Wow, do I feel dumb. I have never questioned that! Thanks for the information.
Name: Kyle
Middle TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Plant and/or Seed Trader Cat Lover Dog Lover Roses Ferns
Hostas Foliage Fan Bromeliad Heucheras Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds
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quercusnut
May 29, 2018 4:02 PM CST
RebNew said:Wow, do I feel dumb. I have never questioned that! Thanks for the information.


Well, I thought the same thing. Lot's of garden myths out there. No need to feel dumb. Thumbs up

Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
MindiHammerstone
May 29, 2018 6:27 PM CST
I didn't know either, that's why I asked 'why' lol. Dumb people don't ask questions. You're not dumb 😀

😀

Mindi
New Lenox, IL
LisaZee
May 30, 2018 7:12 AM CST
Thank you all for the information. It has been very helpful.

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