Plant­ing and care

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Pe­onies are un­fussy and grow well in most good, moist, well-drained soils in­clud­ing im­proved clay.

An open, sunny po­si­tion brings the most flow­ers, but on thin, dry soils, light shade will help plants with­stand droughts. Plant with the crown buried by no more than 1in (2.5cm). On poor soil, add bone meal at plant­ing and gen­er­alpur­pose fer­tiliser ev­ery spring.

Mulch with well-rot­ted or­ganic mat­ter over the roots, but never the crown.

Should a pe­ony lose vigour af­ter 8-10 years, lift and di­vide the crown in au­tumn, re­plant­ing sec­tions that hold at least three growth buds each. They may take two or three years to be­gin flow­er­ing again.

If flow­er­ing is poor, per­haps the crown is buried too deeply, it is too shaded, there is com­pe­ti­tion from nearby plants, the soil is too wet in win­ter or dries out in spring. Frosted flower buds might thaw too quickly in an east­fac­ing po­si­tion.

Pe­onies grow in most moist well-drained soils

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