PS musher, Thinking about the recommended deep planting, that's probably for those grafted ones in Rhod's link.
Still can't really see how that works
As expected, the conifer had sent roots all around the Peony so it was a little difficult to extract from the ground! There was one main tuber and 4 seperate ones also so I'm hoping that I'll have at least saved something!!
Unfortunately though, this broke off one of the tubers, would this bit do anything if I planted it?...... forgive me if that is a ridiculous suggestion!
I'd stick it in a pot Laura - nothing to lose. Water it in, tuck it in a sheltered spot and keep an eye on it. Nothing to lose
Did you pot up the other bits you got out? They might take a little while to settle and get going but you should have a decent plant or two to relocate hopefully
Great, I'll pot it up and it's a bonus if anything happens!
Yes, I put some in the ground and a few in a pot. Just incase I killed one, thought I'd increase my chances...
I'll take a pic tomorrow to show you.
Great stuff Laura. The better the location for any plant, the better it's chances are. The depth it's planted and decent, free draining soil are the two main things for a peony
You've got a fair bit to tackle with your plot - don't wear yourself out too much though -enjoy it as well!
Philippa - I think the big problem with peonies is the historical advice that 'they don't like being moved - they sulk, they die' etc. It's been proved frequently that it's not true, as nut and I mentioned earlier.
It's still a question that gets asked quite often, which is why it's great to have this forum where people can ask gardeners who have hands on experience. It would have saved me a lot of heartache if it had been available when I started gardening!
You're right about moving plants too - I've moved lots of plants at the 'wrong' time of year with no problem too. As long as you take appropriate care and keep an eye on them, it can be straightforward
What was it someone once said about Health and Safety being the three most dangerous words in the English language...
I moved a four foot pencil conifer in July many years ago...no problem.
Mind you - with the amount of rain we can get in that month - I didn't even have to do much watering in!
The trouble with expert information is that it still gets passed on even if it's been proved wrong.
I prefer to use the experience of real people on the forum. I just hope any advice I receive isn't copied and pasted from an internet site
There are enough of therm to make a long thread Philippa
I probably believe some of them