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daisymdaisym Milngavie, north of GlasgowPosts: 74
I think these plants are all the same type. They have been in these pots for over ten years with no attention. They die down completely at the end of the summer and new shoots appear at the start of April. They have never flowered. I would be glad of any help in identifying what they are. With thanks!


  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,990
    Peonies, l think  :)
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,261
    they look like paeonias. 
    Maybe planted too deeply which might account for the lack of flowers
  • daisymdaisym Milngavie, north of GlasgowPosts: 74
    @AnniD @Hostafan1 Thank you. What is it best to do? Shall I repot in the same pots, only much shallower, or in smaller pots? Unfortunately, I have no space in the ground at the moment as they are such big plants.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,261
    @Fairygirl knows more about them than I, hopefully she'll come along soon.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,360
    Peonies are OK in pots to start with but then they really need more room and they have quite big roots and can grow into large plants. They either need re-potting into bigger pots or, better, planting into the ground. Have you ever fed them? They will have exhausted any fertility in those pots by now. When you plant them, plant them shallowly, as said above they don't like to be planted deeply.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,990
    edited May 2022
    Not much more to add to what has already been said really .
    If you can get them in the ground that would really be for the best , in full sun  and definitely shallow planted.
    Some more info here

  • daisymdaisym Milngavie, north of GlasgowPosts: 74
    Thank you @Busy-Lizzie @AnniD. The only ground I can make available is against an East facing fence, but they are such lovely plants it might be worth it. No, they have never been fed - life got in the way at the time I first got them! Thanks for the link and
    your help.
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