How to care for peonies before and after bloom
For peonies to bloom more often, don’t crowd them. They need plenty of space (3 to 4 feet apart). Also, never plant them too deeply. If you place more than 2 inches below soil level, they won’t often flower. Finally, note that recently transplanted peonies may take 2 to 5 years to develop their root systems to the plant is not mature enough. Other reasons peonies don’t bloom include: not enough sunlight and too much shade; a late freeze that damaged the buds;
I have several older plants but no or little sign of buds ...one blossom each on only two of six plants...what do they need?
I live in south Brittany. I have 2 peony plants, 5 years old which have never been moved and look very healthy in really large pots. one has never flowered, the other had one flower last year. This year they both had two buds & I was so happy! Now only one bud is growing on one plant - the other three buds seem not to have grown and have stayed tiny & brown, and have almost disappeared! I know they don't like being moved so I didn't do so. Their leaves look glossy and healthy. What can I do - or did I do wrong please!
If they’re older and have bloomed in the Pat, it might be time to split them. Dig the up carefully in Autumn and plant them further apart after splitting the roots, making sure to include a rhizome eye in each root collection. Do not plant the eye deeper than about a half inch. Do not expect blooms the first or second Spring. Watch them carefully in early Spring for buds and pinch off all but the largest o ea on each plant. After that they should do well without any more fussing.
Of course, you can transplant them. Just be aware that even if they have been flowering profusely, once you move them it may take a couple of years or more before they start to flower again.
If transplanting is not recommended then how are peonies propagated? Don't you have to dig up a tuber in order to plant it somewhere else?
Has anyone ever heard of the advice that you can't plant peonies in the same ground where peonies previously grew?
I am looking for some Peoni roots to buy but they are very expensive. Any suggestion where to get it at a reasonable cost. I am looking for about 25 different variety in single color, multi color and fragrant one. If any one has surplus and wants to give free I will pay for the shipping.
I dead head only the flower that has not produce a seed pod. I have been growing peonies from seed for 30 years and now have mixed colours that I did not originally have. A labour of love as it take Years!!! before they flower. I second the do not disturbed the roots as we had to dig pout 2 beds due to huge invasion of creeping bell flower. They are just starting to flower again after several years.