Peony Appeared Where I Dug Up Bare Root

Brooklyn, NY

In fall 2019, I planted two peony bare roots. Last spring, they grew about 4-6 inches above ground and then stopped growing altogether. I read that if they didn't grow at all after several months, that they would never grow (which now seems like bad advice). So late last summer, I dug them up and threw them away. Today I went out to my garden and saw what I thought was a hosta poking through the soil in a strange spot. I dug it up to move it and realized it was a peony -- already with a much bigger root than the ones I dug up last summer. I'm wondering how this happened and also if I can plant the root in a large pot, since my garden is small and there is another plant where I originally had the peony.

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

I lost a few peonies when we started gardening in Georgia. The advice on the package was to plant 4 to 6 inches deep which we did. Later on I found differing advice for the south - plant the eyes just below the surface. That made all the difference in the world. Maybe this is what you experienced? They do best in full sun too.

Saint Augustine, FL(Zone 9b)

I haven't been gardening for long but one of the first hard and expensive lessons I've learned is not to follow the growers directions. I guess they want the plants to die so you'll keep buying new ones? IDK. I had an unexpected peony pop up in my garden too. I'd taken up the roots to move it and a piece had broken off and remained in the ground. The little booger was only the size of a quarter and laid dormant for months building up energy before a few leaves popped up. Thanks for the advice on planting close to the surface hcmcdole, I just bought more roots and I'll give it a try.

Littleton, CO

I’m still a peony apprentice but do tons of research. I’m in Colorado, zone 5b and plant my peonies 1-2 inches below the surface and they have all done well. The plants receiving full sun do best.
I suggest 2 FANTASTIC books that made all the difference: “Peony” by Michener and Adelman and “How Not to Kill a Peony” by Stephanie Walker.
I also suggest buying roots only from peony farmers such as Adelman. Below are photos of roots I received last fall. The healthy/robust roots are from Adelman. The other roots were not. Source to remain nameless...

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Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

Definitely best in full sun.

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