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Video:How to Grow Peonies

with Sandy Sanders

Peonies make beautiful flowers for your garden and can do so for many years. This video from About.com will explain how to grow peonies.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Grow Peonies

Hi, I'm Sandy Sanders and I'm here at Barnsley Gardens Resort, and I'm here today to show you how to plant peonies. 

Peonies Should Not Be Moved

Peonies are a very long lived plant. They don't like to be moved, though, so whenever you plant them in the landscape, plant them where they will they will be staying for many years.

Peonies Grow Best in Full Sun

Peonies bloom in late spring up in through June sometime, depending on the cultivar. They can last for many, many years and they grow best in full sun but will tolerate light shade. 

As far as getting them in bare root, they're sold a lot of times like that and you need three to five eyes, as they're called, that need to protrude up above the ground just a little bit to be able to grow and produce flowers.

Planting Peonies

You can buy container plants of peonies but that would be available later in the spring so they're already up. You would still go ahead and plant it just like any other plant. You dig a hole the size of the container. You don't want to bury it any higher up the stem. Then water and fertilize just generally for the rest of the summer.

As the flowers start fading after blooming, you want to trim them back just about 3 inches just below the flower as it restores itself for the next year.

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