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What you need:
  • Bare root peony
  • Shovel
  • Composted manure
  • Lime(depending on the pH of your soil)
Choose a location that receives full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunshine a day) and offers rich, well-drained soil. Dig a hole that is approximately 12-18" deep and just as wide.
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Peonies are long-lived perennials that rarely need to be moved or divided, so before you plant, take the opportunity to prepare the soil by digging in lots of organic matter. Add composted manure in the bottom of the hole and mix in with the soil. Have a soil test done to determine pH levels before you add any lime.
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Place the peony in the hole, with the fleshy "eyes" facing upward.
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Push soil back into the hole with one hand while holding the crown (the point where the roots come together) with the other, keeping the eyes 1-2" below soil level (no more than 1" below soil level in the South). If planted too deeply, peonies will not flower. Water thoroughly after planting and weekly thereafter,if it doesn't rain.