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Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

Can I dig up and divide a large clump of peonies, if so when, do I then just cut them into individual clumps with a spade.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720

    They are best split when they are dormant, in the late winter /early Spring. Each section has to have a bud. You can use a spade. Make sure the divisions are planted at the same depth. If you bury it too deep it will not flower. Generally peonies only need splitting about once every 25 years.

  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    Thanks for your reply, these peonies are about 12 years old, will I lose them if I split them in this winter.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720

    No you shouldn't lose them. They may sulk for a year after splitting and not flower for a couple of years.

  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    Thanks I will have to think about that, if I moved the whole clump to a different position would that be better than dividing them.

  • PotwomanPotwoman Posts: 74

    My personal experience of dividing well established peonies is that  for several  years they have sulked  and punished me by not flowering     The sections that I left behind in the original positions  are ok though   

  • Sizeyuk1Sizeyuk1 Posts: 125

    Thanks for your post other gardeners on this forum have said the same thing, I may just leave them where they are.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    It may depend on the variety. I have some common but beautiful dark red ones that grew at my in-laws' place for donkey's years but had to be dug up for building work. The clump, dug up while in full growth, fell apart, and I didn't have much hope for them but every piece survived and flowered the next year. I have moved some and given pieces away and all are going strong many years later. More delicate varieties do sulk but I have always found they recover within a couple of years.

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