Bare root Peony

Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 695

I Hope you all had a Merry Christmas????I received some bare root peonies for a present and I'm not sure what to do with them. Should I just pot then until I have a final planting place for them, I understand they don't like being disturbed, or will they keep until the spring in the packaging they arrived in? ( from Sarah Raven)

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,614

    Do not leave in the packet, they will die.

    Soak the roots well and pot them up, they do not like being planted deep.

    When you know where you want them, plant them out.

    The not liking being moved is due to people usually planting them too deep when they move them.

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,265

    I would plant them in pots for now, horizontally just under the surface with the buds pointing upwards.  If they came in plastic bags, don't leave them in those as they will rot.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,265

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    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,614

    Great minds?

    Time is never time at all
    You can never ever leave
    Without leaving a piece of youth
  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 695

    Thanks guys, advice appreciated as always! 

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • What a lovely gift you received. Can l be cheeky and ask which variety of peony you were given and if it was of good size and how many  eyes/ shoots it has. I have my eye on a peony from Sarah Ravens site and it would be helpful to know if you are happy with the bare roots you received from there. Many thanks.

  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 695

    I will be inspecting them properly today lilysilly and potting them up as advised. The bags they are in are perforated and also has some compost in. I'll post some pictures too as I've not had bare root peonies before so not sure what to expect. 

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • I'm looking forward to the photos Brightstar. I was given a bare root peony for a birthday present last year. It was a white Festiva Maxima and was chunky with big shoots, it also sent up one flower stem which was a delightful surprise because l was told it could be a couple of years before it bloomed.

  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 695

    I've had a good look at them and they are soaking in water at the moment. 2 of the peonies have got eyes but 1 doesn't so not sure wether this one is dead or will produce eyes when planted. I've contacted Sarah Raven regarding this but of course the team are closed until the New Year. 

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    Im hoping someone on the forum can advise regarding the one with no eyes and also how these bare root peonies compare with the ones they have bought. 

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,265

    The first two look ok and I think will do well.  The last one I'd worry about a little due to the lack of obvious eyes (I believe I can see one) but think it will grow ok, just likely taking a year longer to produce flowers.  It is at least a fairly substantial crown and not a dead dried-up single piece of tuber which some suppliers seem happy to send!  Let's see what Sarah Raven say.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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