Peonies

I have a ton of peonies in my garden.
They are lovely, but I would like to move them around.
I've tried this before, and they didn't make it. Apparently, they are very finicky to being moved.
I'm in western ny, zone 5 or 6 and they are all loaded with buds, about to bloom soon.
When is the right time to transplant and/or split without killing them off?
Sally
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Sally, I would wait until late fall, or early spring. You will see the little red buds coming up out of the ground and can split them to get some of these buds in each part to be replanted.
I recently split and replanted mine along approx 80 feet of sidewalk along my driveway and in front of my house. I planted them so that when they bloom, no two next to each other, will be the same color. This season I will see how well I did. My problem was planting them too deep. I had to dig some and raise them an inch or so.
Good luck and have fun.
Dwayne

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Sally wrote:

Sally,
The BEST time is in the fall or in the very early spring. The "trick" in moving peonies is to not plant them too deeply in the new location. Also, the first season after you move them remove any blooms that develop on the plants. Feed the plants a couple of times during the season. You should have some blooms the second season and the "normal" amount of blooms the third season.
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experts can split them into many plants. usually 5+ year old plants can be split in two. move in fall after leaves have turned. the key is not getting the plants any deeper or shallower than it was before when transplanting. Ingrid

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Hi Ingrid,
Please get in touch with either me or Jan about the situation on the fish groups....
Gill
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Might be a bit late now so I would do it in the fall. when my father -in-law dug up and tilled under his wife's garden (long story) we found roots that we thought were rhubarb and took them home and planted them and lo and behold they were her beautiful peonies that she used to baby. What a lovely suprise to know that just part of her garden survived. I have some of her rhubarb as well that is doing fanastic.
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According to information I have best time to move them is Sept-Mid-Oct and yes you are correct. They don't like being moved so good luck. Here's a link. www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1996/8-23-1996/transpeony.html Elaine

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Thanks everyone! very helpful!
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