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Planting Step-by-Step

Remember that peonies bloom only in the spring. It will be the coming spring when you may first see your peony in bloom.

If you have a potted peony . . . 

  • Dig a hole 18" wide and 18" deep.  Backfill the hole with just enough of the displaced soil so that when you set the unpotted plant into the hole, the soil-line of the unpotted plant is level with the ground. Optional: The plants will do better if you backfill with a mixture of the displaced soil (3 parts) and compost (1 part).
  • Water. Do it now and let it all drain out. This will reduce the amount of settling that happens after planting.  
  • Place the peony in the hole.  Make sure the soil-line of the unpotted plant is level with the ground.  
  • Finish backfilling the hole.
  • Water.
  • Be sure to label your plant so you remember where and what it is!

 

If you have a bare-root peony . . . 

  • Dig a hole 18 inches wide and 18 inches deep.  Backfill the hole with just enough of the displaced soil so that when you set the root piece into the hole, the eyes are 1" - 2" below the ground. Optional: The plants will do better if you backfill with a mixture of the displaced soil (3 parts) and compost (1 part). 
  • Finish backfilling the hole.
  • Water.
  • Be sure to label your plant so you remember where and what it is!