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Moving a Peony

This poor Peony is still shooting up even though its environment is in a very poor state! Its right next to some big conifers which we are about to dig up hence why I need to move it so it doesn't get stood on by the husband.. I also suspect the conifers roots will be underneath it.

Any tips for moving it safely?



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  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    If you water it first then move it,it is a bit tricky because it's started to grow make sure you have a lot of soil with it and water it well when you put it somewhere else, but if you got to do it image
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,156

    Get as big a rootball as you can. Plant at the same level as it came out. Mix garden compost or well rotted manure with the soil that you use to fill the hole in, or a good sprinkling of blood, fish and bone. (or both).

    Water it in well, and give it a bucket of water a week all through this summer.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Great, thankyou! My next dilemma is where to plant it. What conditions do they like?

  • Beanie 2Beanie 2 Posts: 3

    Sunny with good drainage. I moved several when we moved house. they were potted up in October and planted out next spring all were ok. they are tougher than you think.   .  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    I think you'll be OK at that stage of growth. I dug up a Molly the Witch is a far more a advanced state than that a few years ago. Stuck in  pot, How long did it stay in a pot Dove?

    As far as I know she is quite happy in her new homeimage

    As Logan ans fidget say, as much root with soil as you can manage, don't skimp on pot size if it needs to stay in a pot for a while

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    Biggest problem might be extracting it from the conifer rootsimage

    Having watched OH's feet splatting stuff while wielding the chain saw I know there's no choice hereimage

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    There's a lot of nonsense talked about moving Peonies. They're not difficult if the usual basic steps are taken to ensure as little shock to the plant-  as with any other plant that's getting moved. The main issue is that people plant peonies too deep. Keep them fairly shallow.

    As the others say, as good a root ball as you can manage, but I agree with nut - the ruddy conifer roots may cause a bit of a problem. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    You'll have to ask Dove about the sulking of that one aym but I don't think so.

    as Fairy says the idea that you can't move paeonies is a factoid.

    Just like 'wild flowers need poor soil' and 'you can tell the age of a hedge by the number of species in it'. Everyone knows it, but it's not true.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    If plants need moved for specific reasons - in this instance, Laura needs to dig out conifers -  then it's sensible to move the peony. It has little chance of surviving the inevitable trampling it'll get during that process. 


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,556

    No need at all aym image

     My answer was to the question asked by Laura, not an argument with you or anyone else

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