Due to some upcoming spring construction, I am going to need to move a tree
peony in my yard. I'm sure its not the ideal time, but just found out it
needed to get moved (I can't measure worth a darn obviously and I had
thought it was safe where it was - I was wrong). Would it be better to move
it in very early spring (before or as it starts to bud out), or wait until
after flowering (late spring) - I can probably put off the construction
until then, but no later.
Like herbaceous peonies, tree peonies would prefer to be moved in the fall.
If that is not an option, I would move it as soon as your ground is workable
in early spring. Keep in mind freshly transplanted peonies have a tendency
to sulk for a while and you may not see a bloom this year. Tree peonies also
have a significant root system - be sure to take a generous root ball.
pam - gardengal
Fall moving is not an option. Like I said, I cannot measure, and the
cement I though would be at least 18 inches to the west of the peony is
now extending over and 12 inches to the east of it. If I wait until fall,
I'll need a jackhammer to move it.
Tree peonies produce feeder roots during the fall. These roots are very
fragile and moving the plant generally damages most of them. Fall
transplantation allows the plant to grow some new feeder roots in its new
location. With that in mind I would suggest moving the plant as soon as you
can, now if possible. The sooner you move it the more time it will have to
produce some new feeder roots before it needs them for active spring and summer
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