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We are moving Peonies. Should we cut back the foliage?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353

    I think I would cut back part way anyway,  KOG. Depends how manky it's looking  image

    If the weather's still hot and dryish where you are, it would probably help too. The better your prep, the better for the plants though. If you're careful , they'll barely notice the move. image 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks. They are very healthy so I'll part cut back and put some bonemeal and garden compost in the planting hole. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,847

    The main thing with peonies is to re-plant at exacty the same depth as before.  Too shallow and the flowering buds are exposed and die.  Too deep and they are buried and never develop.

    Water the roots well and leave to soak before digging them up and plant in well prepared holes with a bit of bonemeal and some garden compost to add nutrients and micro organisms to help the plants re-establish quickly.  Water in well.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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