helloi just bought a tree peaony in Homebase and there wasn’t much info on the label. Can anyone offer successful tips on growing these please? I’ve heard they can be difficult? Many thanks
make sure you give it plenty of space as its going to end up as a large shrub (up to about 5 foot tall and across), they get battered by the wind so make sure you plant it somewhere sheltered, in as much sun as you can give it. Make sure you water well for the first 6 months if the weathers dry as they don't like drying out while there roots are forming
Vendée, Western France
We have inherited a beauty here tho when we arrived 30 months ago it was a mess of crispy brown foliage following a drought which continued another year and was infested by brambles and other weeds. We cleaned up the weeds and brambles and I fed and watered it the next spring and thru the summer. I removed all but half a dozen seed pods to conserve energy. This is it this week -
For more info on care, see here -
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Thanks for the advice Treehugger & Obelixx. The RHS care link was very helpful too.
There are two schools of thought about how to plant new tree paeonies - I have a few and one which had never flowered in 10 years or more was effectively buried about 4 inches deeper than the graft when it was left in place when I raised the soil level in a border about 18 months ago. It is now covered in flower buds and think it has grown its own roots from above the graft, making it much happier. I'll be planting any new ones so that the graft is below soil level.
A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.