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garyt
Presque Isle, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2005
1:07 PM

Post #1828772

What is the best way to divide Peonies? How can I determin if the tubers are big enough? How many eyes per tuber should there be?

Thanks

Gary
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

October 24, 2005
11:08 PM

Post #1836131

my guess is sharp, disinfected knife. rhizomes are sold with 3 eyes. more eyes would grow into a prettier, fuller plant =).

best of luck on dividing, gary. i hope someone in the know comes along. bumping this up.
IsThisHeaven
Fenton, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 25, 2005
2:06 AM

Post #1836579

Buying peony tubers with 3 eyes is typical. So, I'd say thats safe.. and like Moonglow said.. the more eyes.. the fuller the new bush will be.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

October 25, 2005
3:04 PM

Post #1837591

At least 3 eyes, more is better!
garyt
Presque Isle, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 25, 2005
5:18 PM

Post #1837839

Thanks. Now I can do my first trades and be quite sure that I am doing the correct thing

Gary
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 27, 2005
7:36 PM

Post #1842182

How many eyes are too many?
IsThisHeaven
Fenton, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2005
8:30 PM

Post #1842252

I don't think their is such a thing. LOL
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

October 27, 2005
8:38 PM

Post #1842263

my sentiments exactly. lol.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 28, 2005
12:14 AM

Post #1842651

I want to lift one to send it to someone. If it has 10 eyes is that okay or would I be accused of being "over generous" again?

I'm sincere.
IsThisHeaven
Fenton, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2005
1:51 AM

Post #1842825

Your over generous, what kind is it. Cut 5 of those eyes off and send it to me immediately and I won't call you over generous, I promise.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 28, 2005
1:53 AM

Post #1842829

I'll see what I get when I dig it up and just might do that. It's the old one, Festiva Maxima.
IsThisHeaven
Fenton, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2005
1:58 AM

Post #1842843

No pirl really, I was kidding. I have a couple of the Festiva's. 10 eyes are VERY generous, if you split that 5/5 , perhaps you could get another trade out of it?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 28, 2005
2:13 AM

Post #1842877

Thanks for the good idea but I'm overflowing with plants to get in the ground, mostly daylilies, and another trade (beyond the three I have working) would be too much since our weather has been horrific.
ZZSandman
Bossier City, LA
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2005
7:03 PM

Post #1847628

How I miss NY state (said sarcasticly). I was born and raised in Oswego NY the snow never stops and the sun don't hardly shine. Glad I moved to LA 2 years ago.

I tried a tree peony for the first time this year, they are so pretty looking. I had a Sandra Bernhardt, it turned brown and withered... never to be seen again. I may get brave enough to try again next year, oh well.

Brian
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 30, 2005
8:00 PM

Post #1847740

We're just about as far away from Oswego and zone 5a as you can get in New York. Our October was lost to rain and more rain.

We're at the northeastern tip of Long Island, not exactly the end of the world but you can see it from here.

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

November 1, 2005
6:58 PM

Post #1851420

ZZSandman - be sure and discuss how to grow peonies in the south with ur next attempt. They are treated differently than for us up here. There's a couple of threads on the subject and some folks in the south who will gladly share tips. Ask Moonglow, who posted earlier in this thread.
ZZSandman
Bossier City, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2005
8:43 PM

Post #1851600

Thank you kooger, I will inquire next spring when I get ready to plant.

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

November 2, 2005
1:07 AM

Post #1852155

smile - actually, up here they're best planted in the fall.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2005
1:22 AM

Post #1852185

You're 100% right kooger. In New York our radio gardening guy says Oct. 15th is THE date for transplanting them.
ZZSandman
Bossier City, LA
(Zone 8b)

November 2, 2005
8:34 PM

Post #1853373

I bought my last peony at lowes and they did not carry them until may, and they have not had them again since may, go figure lol.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2005
9:49 PM

Post #1853471

When I knew nothing at all about them and we were new to this house and some had to be moved I did it in June and they all did just fine.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 10, 2006
7:50 PM

Post #1967217

holly cow
i wish i had discovered this forum last oct i bought a house and the previous owner was a Master Gardener and wow i am up to my ears in Day Lillies and Peopnies, not to mention TREES and more TREES she was a tree freak. She planted them all in STRAIGHT ROWS !!! We had to dig 12 out already just so we could mow.
i didn't know what to do with all my other plants so i had a garage sale with a you dig ,you get for free sign. It went over very well.
anyone in the Ohio area in the need for trees hahahahhaa. Also have some day lillies left.
taynors

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

January 11, 2006
4:25 AM

Post #1968498

welcome to the best gardening site on the net!!! Glad to have u join us! :)
PeggieK
Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2006
10:50 PM

Post #2187879

Wow, where was I when you were trying to get rid of all those !!!! We just moved and have a new, unlandscaped yard of over an acre. Obviously I don't have anything to trade, but will gladly pay postage if anyone has any perennial divisions they don't know what to do with. I'm pretty needy. LOL

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2006
10:33 PM

Post #2190628

We chopped down a hedge and I have a bunch of extra hostas to move as that bed will now be in full sun. LMK if u are interested. I can stuff a flat rate box as full as possible. They are shiny green and don't get really large, maybe about 2 feet at the largest.
PeggieK
Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2006
6:57 AM

Post #2199117

Oh, thank you. That's so very generous and kind. We don't have much shade to be able to plant them in I'm afraid. Our lot is so "open" with only a couple of small trees. I love hostas though. I have 2 growing on the north side of a small area that gets only a little sun. I'm hoping that it will be shady enough for them there, but I can't tell yet. Thank you again for your offer, it made me feel good, even if I couldn't take them.

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

April 18, 2006
2:53 PM

Post #2199771

:)
jladybug1
Burkesville, KY
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2006
6:42 PM

Post #2260074

I had my husband dig up a couple of peonies from a friends yard and we planted them in our yard. There didn't seem to be a whole lot of root to either of them. I have always loved peonies and I know these are from the old strains as our friend was in her 70's when she passed away and her son hasn't done anything to them since then which was about 5 years ago. Wehave very good soil here and I staked them up as they were drooping. Is there anything special I should do to make sure they survive?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2007
6:37 PM

Post #4082120

Tomorrow is Oct. 15th - the ideal day for planting peonies, here, but instead I'll "probably" be digging Festiva Maxima. Anyone interested?
larlienda
Strasburg, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 26, 2007
12:04 PM

Post #4124967

hi pirl...is it too late for your offer?
i've been slowly getting around to various forums :-)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 26, 2007
12:22 PM

Post #4124999

Sorry, I sent out 5 clumps early this week.
larlienda
Strasburg, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 26, 2007
5:08 PM

Post #4125995

no problem...nothing ventured, nothing gained :-)
charlenesplants
Buffalo, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 26, 2007
5:17 PM

Post #4126010

Does anyone have any peonies to trade for something other than peonies? I am dying for some of them and DH says I have spent my limit on plants for a while :(.
I have lots of good stuff to trade. LMK if interested.

Charlene

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2007
9:53 PM

Post #4140632

I just sent out a request to all members of my local gardening club looking for Festive Maxima then sat down and popped onto DG...hit the peony forum, reading and came across your thread, Pirl...so very sorry I missed this. Deb
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 30, 2007
10:01 PM

Post #4140649

Larlienda and Depsi: I'll be dividing again tomorrow in order to give a piece to the nice woman at the post office. If I have more than I need I'll post it here for you.

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

October 30, 2007
10:10 PM

Post #4140679

You are a sweetheart...I will pay any postage required. We divided 30 some peonies at one of our club member's gardens Sunday for the University of Idaho Arboretum's annual sale next spring but no Festiva Maxima. Thank you and will be watching...Deb
charlenesplants
Buffalo, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2007
10:12 PM

Post #4140682

Pirl, I would love to have a piece also if you have enough. I am really wanting to start some peonies. DH says my limit on plants has been maxed out for a while. That's okay, I can trade or pay postage and that doesn't count! LOL

Charlene

Anyone that has any peonies, I have trades and will gladly trade or pay postage.

Thanks in advance
larlienda
Strasburg, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 30, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #4140695

thanks Pirl!

charlene i just divided one...we just moved in our house a year ago and this summer i had one bloom on this big peony...when i worked on it just a few minutes ago there were tons of bulbs growing in, around, through the roots of the peony which may have been why it didn't bloom...i have several pieces with eyes (it's getting dark, so don't remember how many, etc) and your welcome to try some...lmk...can send dmail
charlenesplants
Buffalo, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2007
11:30 PM

Post #4140925

Yes, yes, that is great. Would you like a trade? LMk and I'll let you know what I have.
Charlene
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 30, 2007
11:54 PM

Post #4141004

I'll do my very best to please everyone and should be able to dig in the afternoon since I'll have my 18 month old grandson trick or treating Grandma and Grandpa in the morning. No chocolate - just blueberries, his favorite.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 31, 2007
6:10 PM

Post #4143666

Heading out to dig right now. Hope it's a treat and not a trick for everyone!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2007
12:08 AM

Post #4144716

No tricks but a little treat for Depsi, charlenesplants and larlienda!

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larlienda
Strasburg, VA
(Zone 6b)

November 1, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #4144760

Yeah :-)

& a low/non fat treat at that!!!

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

November 1, 2007
12:46 AM

Post #4144876

You, my friend, are a dear. What do you need from me to get it on it's way to it's new home????? Deb
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2007
1:10 AM

Post #4144978

I'm going to weigh them tomorrow, check with the post office gal who now adores me since I brought her one today, and see the cheapest way to send them to each person. They should easily fit in the smallest boxes.

I'll return tomorrow with the results.

Here's what the area looked like after the replanting (right side, in shade here). See, on the left, all the cut pieces that were excess roots, without any eyes!!!

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2007
1:12 AM

Post #4144994

Wrong photo!

Here's the right one. I did cover them all with a lot of compost and will pack each one in compost for you.

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charlenesplants
Buffalo, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 1, 2007
1:29 AM

Post #4145070

Pirl, I am so excited to be getting this plant. It will be appreciated and cared for. What can I send you in return in addition of course to postage?

Charlene
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2007
1:46 AM

Post #4145143

Continued good weather?

I'll think about it but probably nothing. Our climates are so different that what does well for you might not do well here.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2007
6:24 PM

Post #4147488

Here's the scoop: we're getting two new bay windows so I have to move daylilies and to do that I have to move other plants so there's no chance of getting to the post office today. I used my kitchen scale, weighed each packaged peony with compost and with the box and I'm just a touch under going over the mark so I may have to remove more compost. Right now I can send each package for $5.05, including confirmation. So let's go with the $5.05 and if I'm off I'll learn from the experience...not that I'm about to ever dig them up again!

Edited to say: the cost of the package is $4.60 plus confirmation but I can't recall if it's .45 or .65 and can't find the cost on the USPS site. If it's .65 then the total cost would be $5.25. Sorry for the confusion.

This message was edited Nov 1, 2007 2:31 PM
larlienda
Strasburg, VA
(Zone 6b)

November 1, 2007
6:49 PM

Post #4147564

you have a lot going on!

don't remember if you take paypal or prefer check :-)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2007
7:44 PM

Post #4147700

That's just aside from moving daylilies to make more room for more dahlias next year and a host of other things. At least I have the weather for the work involved.

Check is fine. Thanks.

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

November 1, 2007
8:37 PM

Post #4147845

(pirl, confirmation is .65) :)

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

November 1, 2007
9:03 PM

Post #4147914

My check will be mailed in the morning. Thank you so very, very much...you've made my North Dakota heart sing!!!!!!!! Festiva Maxima is the fella I remember from growing up and have yearned for it over the years...In CA our climate just wasn't good for peonies so never had them until I moved here two years ago & got starts from fellow club members but none have been the Festiva...Thank you so very much...Deb
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 1, 2007
10:09 PM

Post #4148102

Thank you, kooger.

Thank you, Deb - glad I could make your heart sing.
charlenesplants
Buffalo, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 2, 2007
2:09 AM

Post #4148912

Pirl, If you take paypal, I'll send it that way with an extra .75 to cover their charges.
LMK
Thank you so much, Charlene
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 2, 2007
11:22 AM

Post #4149531

I don't have a PayPal account, sorry. My address is on DG.
charlenesplants
Buffalo, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 3, 2007
3:15 AM

Post #4152484

I'll send out a check.
Thanks,
Charlene

Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

November 14, 2007
8:53 PM

Post #4193153

Pirl, they arrived this morning and are in the ground...they are just so healthy and happy looking I just know they will do wonderful here...the pic looks kinda yucky 'cause we are just getting the yard done in the front of the house due to a drainage issue that kept us from planting in front for the last two years...now it's corrected so we've put roses, blue spruce, river birch and peonies out there...right now everything is so small it must be fenced to keep out the deer but later this spring we have plans of a dry creekbed, perennials, a small amount of annuals and of corse, more peonies...the deer leave them alone, Thank Goodness, so that will be the anchor planting of the area... we expect snow tonight & tomorrow so got them in in the nick of time...Thank you again, and these are planted where I will see them from my kitchen window so will think of you very, very often and remembered fondly...Deb

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Depsi

Depsi
Orofino, ID
(Zone 6a)

November 14, 2007
8:58 PM

Post #4193174

Good Grief, should tell you where they are: next to the rock right where the stake is in the middle of the picture...Deb
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

November 14, 2007
10:01 PM

Post #4193375

I'm so happy they arrived in the nick of time. Enjoy!

Send photos next year!
roseycats
Dayton, OH

November 24, 2010
2:06 PM

Post #8229060

lol I'm in the wrong year. That's what I get for not paying attention.

This message was edited Nov 24, 2010 7:28 PM

This message was edited Nov 26, 2010 7:16 PM
roseycats
Dayton, OH

November 24, 2010
2:32 PM

Post #8229094

Happy Thanksgiving everyone

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