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TadsTads Posts: 210
🤔 Perhaps another kind member could please help ?
i planted two new Peony plants (i think it was in August/September time).
but this is what has happened to them (see photos). Unsure of how easy it is 
to grow Peonies in this country, I don’t know if i have lost them or this is normal 
die-back on these young plants - & if so, how to proceed ? 
“ thankyou ” 🤔
Tads, Guildford 🤔😊


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,062
    Lovely healthy buds at the base ready to shoot next Spring. Have no fear.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,043
    edited November 2018
    I agree with @Hostafan1 ... all looks good. Lovely fat buds at the base.
    You could cut the old foliage off but I leave it over winter and remove in the early spring so that I can see where they are and I don’t step on them when working on the bed. 
    Id give them a good mulching with some organic matter but don’t cover the buds up. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,260
    I'd agree. The first one could possibly  do with a little extra soil in against it - there looks like a bit of a gap around the ankles - but it's normal for the folaige to be dead by now. 
    If you're worried about stepping on them, as Dove says, then put a few canes around the  perimeter of them. They need a lot of support when in growth  anyway  :)

    Which ones do you have? Lovely plants when in flower.   
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    I planted my first herbaceous peony in the garden this year, with the crown sitting just level with the surrounding soil. I've left the foliage to die back naturally, and put a circular plant support over it, which will stay there full time (to stop me stepping on it). 😉

    I'm wondering what to use as mulch, for frost protection though. 
    I was thinking of using fallen leaves, but will this create a slug haven?
    I found a forgotten bin bag of leaf mould last week 😁. Would that be better?
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,918
    edited November 2018

    Peonies are hardy - they don't need frost protection (in most of the UK - not sure about colder climates).

    I think the mulch will be more beneficial applied in spring when the soil is moist and the new shoots are big enough not to be at risk from slugs, to keep moisture in the soil.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Thanks Jenny👍. That's good to know, I'll ignore it now until spring.  I like tough plants that require the minimum of fuss.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,260
    Mine have no protection here Kitty, although, due to our late winter/spring weather here [heavy rain followed by long spells of freezing ]  I have occasionally put fleece round the plant support. The 'buds' of the crown appear around March, and we can get a lot of that kind of weather at that time until well into April, so a bit of fleece just keeps the worst off them until they come through properly. Mine is up against the house wall too.

    Snow isn't too much of a problem unless it's at that time of year, and lying on the buds for a length of time, when it might get in about them as it melts. All the rest of the time it isn't an issue. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,012
    Have you dug it up?  Those tubers/roots should be below ground, if the frost gets to those like that it will kill it, Plant it back in the ground with the roots and shoots just about an inch below the soil then mulch around the edge. They are very hardy. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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