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Wilting peony

I repotted my peony into a larger pot and everything was fine and it looked well, then when I came out in the morning it looked like this, I thought it may be peony wilt but wondered does it happen that quickly? Also any tips with what to do with it?
Many thanks!


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,994
    Apparently peonies are not supposed to like being moved so it may just be sulking or it could be lack of water or too exposed to hot sunshine - hard to tell really but I'm afraid I doubt if that one will recover.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,175
    edited May 2020
    Welcome to the forum  :)
    How long was it between repotting and the wilting ? Literally the next day ?
    Also how much bigger is the new pot from the old one ?
  • rafwoodrafwood Posts: 23
    Hi! Thank you  :) yes just overnight and only a few cms bigger if that! 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,175
    It does look like peony wilt from what I've read - maybe it was just coincidence that you'd repotted it. Has it flowered this year, or has it ever flowered ? (Sorry, it's like 20 questions !)
  • rafwoodrafwood Posts: 23
    No, I think I got it last year as a small plant, none of my peonies have bloomed yet  :/
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    They take a while to mature and they need the right conditions to thrive.
    I think that might be wilt too @rafwood :/
    How many peonies have you got? It's possible there's been infected foliage around already, and if not disposed of, that's when you get it transferring. 
    There is no problem moving peonies - that's another myth. The secret is to make sure they aren't planted too deep. That often stops them flowering, and can cause rotting. 

    It looks a bit deep in that pot anyway, although it's hard to see in the pic. They like good, free draining soil and a sunny site. Good airflow round them too. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • foxwalesfoxwales Posts: 69
    If it was wilt you would likely have had some early indication from a change in the colour of leaves.  If it's been healthy up until you moved it, then moving it is the result of the wilt.  Peonies don't like to be moved as mentioned previously, and they don't like being deep either.  

    Lift the Peony and trim off all of the foliage.  Repot and make sure the crown is visible through the potting mix you have.  Water and feed and put in the sunniest spot you have and cross your fingers.  You probably won't get any flowers on it this year.  If you get foliage back it will build energy into the tuber ready for next year.

    Good luck
  • rafwoodrafwood Posts: 23
    Hi thanks for all your advice, the crown is visible it’s probably just not clear on the picture. I have 4 peonies, I have cut them all back as the others look a bit brown on the leaf like this one. It may well have had early indication but being a total novice gardener I didn’t notice it
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Has there been any weedkiller sprayed near them @rafwood? Any other browning foliage on nearby plants or anything like that?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • rafwoodrafwood Posts: 23
    No to both  :/
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