How do you grow Peonies (Paeonia)?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 24 June 2013 11:17 am
Choose a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Peonies require a deep, moist, well drained soil. Prior to planting incorporate well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil and rake in a dressing of  Bonemeal.

Plant firmly so that the crown is no deeper than 2.5cm (1") below the soil surface as planting too deep will result in the plants failing to flower. Space the plants 60-90cm (24-36”) apart in the border. Peonies are long lived perennial plants that resent being moved and are therefore unsuitable for growing in containers.The plants may require a wire hoop support.

Remove faded flowers as necessary and during dry spells keep the plants well watered. Peonies can fail to flower if they become short of nutrients and a dressing of a general fertilizer should be applied in late summer. The dead foliage is cut down in autumn. Annually in spring apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost, avoiding the crown of the plant.

The tree paeonia requires the same conditions as the herbaceous varieties above. Space the plants 2m (6ft 6ins) apart. The shoots do not die back in autumn and must be grown in a sheltered position to avoid damage to the stems. No pruning is necessary other than removing any dead wood in spring.
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