Moving peony

Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 758

I found a peony in the garden last year and it never flowered.  It isn't in full sun, so I'm thinking of moving it now it has popped up as couldn't find it before. 

I know I may lose this years flowers but would it be an idea to move it to another part of the garden with more sun ? 

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  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736
    It should be ok to move it, just remember NOT to plant deep.
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    They do say that peonies don't like to be moved and take a while to establish.  I have one in my garden that pushed it's way under the fence from my neighbours garden and it's position in my garden is north facing with no sun at all and it flowers every year.

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736
    I've moved mine almost every year and at different times, they have always flowered, just think the deep planting is often the biggest problem, keep roots as undisturbed as possibl, have the new hole ready, water well , firnlm gently down etc. Mine have never been precious so the risk of moving has always been worth it. Hope it works out ok for you too.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    Paeonies don't like being moved is one of those things that everyone knows but isn't necessarily true. We had a thread about it some time ago and a lot of us had moved paeonies with total success.

     

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    There you go - an old wives tale.

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 758

    great, it will be in a new home in the next few days. wonder what colour it will be image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    The trick with paeonies is to make sure the eyes on the roots where the new shoots come from are no more than 2" below the soil surface - more than that and they will sulk and refuse to flower. image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Pottie PamPottie Pam Posts: 887

    I have a lovely pink paeony that had a wonderful scent but the last few years the buds only reach the size of peas then turn black. I have top dressed it over the years so is it worth digging it up now and replanting it?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    It could have been unhappy in the wet and cold springs we've had lately.  

    Or has the top dressing meant that the soil level is now too high around the crown?

    Nut is good at paeonies image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,230

    If I'm good it means they thrive on neglectimage

    Mine are all shrub/tree plus Molly the Witch and a few other seed raised species paeonies.

     

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