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PLANTATION OF A PEONY DIVISION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO PLANT A PEONY DIVISION

At Pivoines Capano, we dug, divide and plant our peonies only in the fall. We strongly believe that it is the best period to guarantee a successful planting.

You can plant in the fall until the soil is not frozen. Plant in full sun, in a well drained soil and if possible, where it will get a good snow cover for a natural winter protection. Do not plant your peony at the same location where another peony was planted before. Soil can exhausted and contain fungal diseases.

It is also recommended to prepare the soil in advance, as early as the spring season before the arrival of your peony. Mix bone meal and/or well rotted manure with the plantation soil. Never use fresh manure. The eyes and the crown must never enter in direct contact with these products. Apply them far from the crown.

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Herbaceous (lactifloras, hybrids and species)

A peony division is made of 3 parts: the eyes (or buds from which the next year stems will develop), the crown (the mother-nutrient source of energy) and the roots.

On an herbaceous peony division, the eyes are always on the crown. Dig a hole large enough and place your peony so that the highest eyes on the crown are placed to a maximum of 5cm (2 inches) under the surface of soil and all the roots should pointed toward the outside and downwards. Cover completely the plant. It is essential to mulch your peony the first winter after its plantation. Never use fresh manure.

 

 

Itohs or Intersectional's hybrids

On an intersectional peony division, the eyes may appear either on the crown or on the stems.

Find the section on your division that constitutes the limit between the actual crown and the stems. Place your division in the plantation's hole so that the first eye above the crown is at soil level. Be sure that all visible eyes on the crown are inside 5 to 10 cm under the soil's surface and with the roots always downwards.It is essential to mulch your peony the first winter after its plantation. Never use fresh manure.

 

 

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