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Peony, cause for concern?

AaronBilAaronBil Posts: 100
I have a 2year Old peony and last year it did really well with a load of flowers.
Ive just checked them, there is new grown but worryingly there is a large wooden hole about an inch deep in the middle of the crown.
Is it likely to be on the way out, do I need to do anything?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Plenty of nice new shoots there @Aaron 583 so no need to worry.  :)
    Perennials of all kinds do this - the middle dies back and new growth appears round the edges.
    With some plants, it benefits them to be divided when this happens - Irises are a good example, as they become completely empty, with a ring of growth at the outer edges which looks unsightly, and prevents good growth.   
    I wouldn't do anything with your peony just now though.  If it looks like the centre's rotting, at a  later stage in the year, you can address it then. They do like a well drained sunny position, and as long as you keep the crown clear of too much soil etc, it should be ok. It looks like you're already doing that  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AaronBilAaronBil Posts: 100
    Good to hear, thanks for your advice Fairygirl.

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