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Passionate About Peonies

Peonies are one of those old fashioned plants that never go out of style in the garden. Their beautiful foliage and stunning flowers are an asset to any garden. With just a little care you will be able to enjoy your Peonies for years. Here are some tips on how to maintain a good healthy peony plant:

How to lift and divide existing clumps or plant new peonies

The best time to do this is from mid-September to mid-October when the ground is still warm. Being sensitive plants, peonies hate to have their roots disturbed.

If you lift and divide them - and you sometimes have to do this to maintain vigour or to create new colonies - the plants may sulk for a season until they get re-established. When you lift a clump, let it sit in the sun for a few days to allow the brittle roots to become more rubbery.

Then take a sharp knife and slice the old crown so each division has at least three to five buds. A good selection of new peonies can be hard to find at the local garden centre where they are often not available until spring.

However, you will find an excellent assortment of varieties at specialty nurseries.

Best Bets: Red Charm, Bowl of Beauty, Mothers Choice, America, Paula Fay, Coral Sunset, Sarah Bernhardt and Coral n Gold.

Planting Tip: peonies thrive in full-sun in well-drained, fertile soil. Don't plant too deeply. This is a common reason for poor flowering. Plant so the pink buds are no deeper than two inches below the soil surface.

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