Betty How­den, Stawell, Vic

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How do I get my pot­ted pe­ony to flower? It gets morn­ing sun and is dy­ing down. I un­der­stand they don’t like to be dis­turbed.

Jen­nifer Stack­house says

It is tricky to grow herba­ceous pe­onies suc­cess­fully in con­tain­ers. Even in the soil, plants can take sev­eral years to flower, and they do best in full sun. Plant this pe­ony in the gar­den dur­ing win­ter when it is dor­mant. Choose a sunny po­si­tion, and en­rich the soil be­fore plant­ing by digging in well-rot­ted ma­nure. If this is not pos­si­ble, plant into a large con­tainer (at least 40cm) filled with qual­ity pot­ting mix. Keep root dis­tur­bance to a min­i­mum when trans­plant­ing, and po­si­tion the root so the ‘eyes’ (points where it shoots) are cov­ered by only a few cen­time­tres of soil or pot­ting mix. Place the con­tainer where it’s sunny in spring and early sum­mer. Wa­ter reg­u­larly, and liq­uid feed while it is grow­ing.

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