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John Fulton
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Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Fall Care of Peonies

Posted by John Fulton -

Peonies are one of those "plant it and forget it" flowers. Many haven't been bothered for over 50 years, and are still going strong. As with most plants, crowding can occur, and the time to dig and divide is late September through October. Peonies do best in soils with a slightly acid to neutral pH. The best time to add lime, if needed, is when you dig the plants and replant them. Amend the soil when planting.

When dividing, make sure you leave buds on each piece you plan to plant. These buds should be no deeper than an inch when replanted to allow for proper flowering. Mulching will help year-long on any plant, and peonies are no exception.

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