Plant your own peonies? You can! In this article, you find what care your peonies need to enjoy them for years to come.
Create the perfect conditions
Provide the perfect conditions and you will grow the most beautiful peonies yourself.
Give your peony space, keep a distance of about 1 meter between two plants. The size can increase sharply.
Never plant in a place where peonies have grown before. Peonies “poison” the soil and the next plant will not be able to grow. The chance of harmful organisms such as fungal diseases and root eels is always greater at the same planting location.
Provide nutritious, humus-rich (with fertilizer or compost for example) and neutral soil (with a PH value of 6 or 7). Moisture permeable soil works best; the water must be able to drain well otherwise the roots will rot.
A minimum of five hours of sunshine a day and some cold days produces the most beautiful peonies.
Getting started with planting
Found the best spot? Then you can start planting. This is how:
Make a hole twice the size of the plant. Make the hole no deeper than 4-8 inches and loosen the soil.
Place the plant in the hole, make sure the eyes are facing up and press the soil. Make sure the tuber is 0,5 to 1,5 inches below the soil.
Now close the hole. A marker (like a stick for example) is useful, so you never place other plants too close.
A peony can also grow in a pot, make sure that the soil remains moist and that the pot is large enough.
Fun every year
Peony plants can get old: flowering may decline after about 20 years! Every year peonies go through the same life cycle, which consists of three phases: plant growth, flower growth and the resting phase. In the resting phase, the part of the plant above the ground dies. The resting phase takes place in autumn. This is therefore the best time to plant a peony.
In the first year, a peony does not give flowers yet: these can be seen in the second year. You will be rewarded for your patience: every year the flowers of the peony become more beautiful. The older the plant is, the better the quality of the flowers will be.
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