My sweet friend Lauryn from The Vintage Mom was so generous to give us some of the peonies from her new FARM. Guys, her backyard is killer – I can’t wait to see what it looks like this time next year. She’s got big plans. Anyhow, we took her up on those peonies and Chris planted them yesterday morning, no problem. Be sure to read his tips on how to plant your own peony bushes and watch his video for a hands on tutorial. Thank you Lauryn!!! We can’t wait for next spring to watch them bloom and see what colors we got!
How to Plant Peonies
- Grow peonies in deep, fertile, moist soil that drains well.
- Add organic material to the planting hole. We used composted cow manure and Miracle Grow Garden Soil.
- Provide shelter from strong winds. Plant away from trees or shrubs so they don’t have to compete for food and water. Space them three to four feet apart for good air circulation.
- Full sun is best for blooming, but half a day of sun will be OK.
- Each portion of bare-root should have three to five new buds.
- Plant peonies in the fall. Late September and October in most of the country.
- Peonies should be planted well before the first frost.
- Dig a good-sized hole, about two feet deep and two feet across in well-drained soil in a sunny spot.
- Set the root so the eyes face upward on top of the firmed soil. Place the new buds about 2 inches below the soil surface.
- Backfill the hole, taking care that the soil doesn’t settle and bury the root deeper than 2 inches.
- Water thoroughly.
- Don’t believe the rumors about peonies attracting ants to your house. Ants do eat the nectar on peony buds, but they are also attacking pests that would eat the buds. Don’t spray the the ants – they are helping your plants stay healthy.
- Be sure you don’t accidentally bury your peonies deeper when you add mulch to your garden. Keep the mulch away from the base of your peony plants.
Have you ever planted peonies? What are your tips?