How To Plant Peonies Video
How To Plant Peonies (Video Text)
Today we a planting a peony root at Peony Farm. Heather is planting a Seashell peony. She is positioning the root so that it won't be covered by more than 1" of sol. She is also adding some peat moss to the soil. When she covers the root with soil, she tamps the soil down to avoid air pockets.
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How to Divide Peonies Video - a 3 Part Presentation
Step by Step Illustration on how to divide peonies
Part 1 of 3, How to Divide Peonies
How to Divide Peonies (Video text) Part 1
First, you want to loosen the soil. Clear off mulch and top soil until you have a visual on the roots.
Carefully dig wide away from the center of the peony crown. Peonies have radiated roots that can be at least 18-24 inches from the crown.
Using a gardening fork, slowly loosen the peony all around. Do these several rounds until you have the bottom of the plant.
Then, carefully uproot the peony.
Once you have it out, hose it down so you can clearly see where the eyes and the roots are.
Divide the peonies as you see fit, trying to get at least 3-5 eyes per division.
Part 2 of 3, How To Divide Peonies
How to Divide Peonies Part 2 (Video Text)
What you see here is the cleaned up uprooted peony plant root.
The parts you are looking at are: the eyes (pointy protruberance), the stems that has been cut back, and the carrot looking part are the roots.
Examine the root and identify areas to insert the knife for the division.
When you do, make sure that where you are cutting has some roots associated with it.
Do your division.
Part 3 of 3, How To Divide Peonies
How to Divide Peonies Part 3 (Video text)
This division that I am holding has more than 4 eyes.
When dividing peonies, huge root system doesn't necessarily mean great, because the eyes has to feed that root system.
Examine your root. You might find out that there are roots that are not part of your division. It was just intertwined with that division.
Also, jiggle it a little bit. A root system that isn't part of the division will yield and you might just find out another division. The peony roots do intertwine and so you never know until you are holding that division.
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