Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In -

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.

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