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Weak Peony

Upstate, NY(Zone 5a)

of the 4 peonies I have 1 is not doing well at all. It is very small and thin. The rest look quite robust. It has a white cup and yellow center I think the cultivar is called Primavera. I can post pics if it would help. It is quite lovely and I would really like to see it flourish. Thanks in advance for your help

Kansas City, MO

When were they planted? Some will need a season or two to become happy. It would help if you could post pictures of plant.

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

Where do you have them planted? Where did you get them? Peony nursery? Regular nursery? Big box store? :)

Upstate, NY(Zone 5a)

They have been in 2 years. The first year they were beautiful, small but beautiful. They have been getting smaller and smaller ever since. Will take pics tonight, providing it's not raining.

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

Where are they growing at? What is near them? are they all alone or mixed in with other perennials? Trees near by? What kind of trees? How deep did you plant them??

Upstate, NY(Zone 5a)

They are in a bed with 2 other peonies, a few iris, and a small rose bush. Tree was taken down last year but the other 2 peonies look really good. Could it be buried too deep????

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

How deep did you plant them? Their eyes should be no more than two inches deep, this includes any mulch you may have on them.

Upstate, NY(Zone 5a)

I'm going to have to check. When should I lift them if they are planted too deep? Can I do it now before it gets too hot? No signs of any blooms this year.

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

It would be best if you did it this fall and when you do it, depending on the size of the plant, you may want to divide it. How deep do you think you have them down? Meanwhile, just scratch some of the dirt off the crown now.

Upstate, NY(Zone 5a)

Thanks, I'll do that. I'm not sure how far down they are. Thank you so much for your help. I'll post to this thread to let you know how I make out. Thank you again.

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

You are more than welcome. :) And please do post about its progress. :)

Upstate, NY(Zone 5a)

I went out to scratch off the dirt and couldn't find the crown. It was buried that far down. It is so small that I could put my trowel under it and lift it a little. I know you recommended waiting until fall but I could resist. It is tiny so dividing is not an option. It only has like 5 stems smaller around than a pencil. I watered it well and rain is coming in so we will see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed for me. It is so pretty I hope I didn't kill it the rest of the way.

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! It will probably be ok, but I wouldn't expect it to be a very robust peony for a few years.

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