6 TIPS FOR GROWING PEONIES
Plant between late October and mid February, in full sun or part shade, in soil that is never waterlogged. The leaf buds should be no more than 2.5cm below the soil surface and the planting hole wide enough to accommodate the roots comfortably. Support taller cultivars when the stems are around 15cm high Feed every three years in spring, with bonemeal or general fertiliser. Organic matter scorches the emerging buds in spring, so mulch as far away from the central crown as possible. Remove old leaves to discourage diseases. Peony wilt is worse during damp weather. If it becomes a problem, dispose of infected parts away from the garden or spray with fungicide. Peonies do not mind being moved – especially if they are not divided. Divide plants when they are dormant, from late October to the end of January, and ensure that each division has at least three buds.