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Hi,  i am a novice gardner and in the middle of sorting out a garden we inherited when we bought this house last year.

Amongst the many plants/bulbs I have bought is a peony bulb. The problem is we are likely to be moving again in 18-24 mths and so I am trying to decide whether I plant it into one of the beds knowing someone else will get to enjoy the gorgeous blooms when we are gone, or to be selfish, and plant in a container so we can take it with us... 

my question is therefore, can you move a peony from a container to a bed easily enough or is it no better than moving from a bed to a bed? Or should I just 'suck it up' leave it alone and buy a new peony when the time comes? 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,367

    I'd pot it up and take it with you.

    You can move paeonies but you'll have other things to do if you're moving and it's bound to be in the middle of a drought or freezing when the time comes.

    They are said to not like being moved but a discussion on the forum last year showed that many of us had done so successfully. Plants are quite forgiving most of the time. 

    I'd pot it up and, as suggested, try and get it out intact. Leave it in the pot til the roots have filled it and it will come out intact.



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • that sounds a good plian also you can plant at the same depth as the pot

  • I've got a paeony in a pot which will be planted out when the new bed has been created - hopefully it won't notice the move too much.  image

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

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,744

    I think it's the difference between " being moved" and " root disturbance" which is the issue. Moving from a pot isn't the problem, it's the digging up and consequent disturbance of the root system which is the culprit. Move into a bigger pot, if it needs it, would be my advice, then take it with you.

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