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Do I plant new peony in the ground now or in spring?

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TracyK Fri 08-Jul-11 17:11:54

Bought a new peony bush today - bout a foot tall. Should I transplant into a larger pot for the rest of the year and then tuck into the greenhouse over winter and plant in the ground end of spring next year - or whack in the ground now and protect with fleece in the winter?

catinthehat2 Fri 08-Jul-11 17:14:51

If it's as wet and grim for you as for me I would risk shoving it in the ground today, withvextra water.
Otherwise, do it in autumn.
It will be miserable in dry hot gh tbh for any length of time

TracyK Fri 08-Jul-11 17:17:04

ha ha - what is this hot dry that you speak of??? 3 days of sit out sunshine in total - since April 1st!!

catinthehat2 Fri 08-Jul-11 17:22:13

Ok dry freezing cold ghgrin

Plant it plant it plant it

oldenoughtowearpurple Sat 09-Jul-11 09:03:11

Shove it in the ground now; if the weather dries up water it; it shouldn't need fleece overwinter. Do NOT plant it too deep - it won't flower if it's planted deep. The eyes (where the stalks grow from) should be max 4-5cm underground. Feed it well.

TracyK Sat 09-Jul-11 10:33:15

Feed it now? Whats the best feed for it?

bevrichy Sat 09-Jul-11 23:43:10

i use tomatoe feed its cheap and it works! remember to stack your pony,
the wind really ruins them otherwise

bevrichy Sat 09-Jul-11 23:44:33

peony lol don't plant the pony the rspca won't be happy

TracyK Sun 10-Jul-11 08:41:24

I gave it another water last night and put some tomorite in it. How often should I feed it this summer?
Stack it? with hay or straw or the like - or canes?

CogitoErgoSometimes Sun 10-Jul-11 22:13:16

Stake.... guessing. Peonies are in the wind-down, get ready to look a bit dead before disappearing completely during winter phase at the moment. Keep it watered and keep an eye on it but if it starts looking a bit rough, it's going to be tough to say whether it's feeling ill or just doing what comes naturally.

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