Congratulations on your purchase of bare root peonies! As you eagerly await their arrival, it’s important to prepare for their planting and care.
When your bare root peonies arrive, carefully unwrap them from any packaging material and inspect the roots for any signs of damage or decay. If you notice any issues.
If you can't plant your bare root peonies immediately upon receiving them, you can temporarily store them in a small container filled with organic matter or potting mix. Make sure to keep the container in a cool and dark location to prevent the roots from drying out.
When you're ready to plant, choose a site with well-draining soil that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Dig a hole deep enough to accommodate the roots and wide enough to allow them to spread out.
Add a layer of organic matter, such as compost or leaf litter, to top dress around the plant after planting. This will improve soil structure, promote healthy root growth, and provide a source of nutrients.
Place the bare root peony in the hole with the eyes (buds) facing up and the top of the root system about 2 inches below the soil surface. Fill the hole with soil, pressing gently around the roots to remove any air pockets.
Water the newly planted bare root peony thoroughly and continue to water regularly, aiming for at least an inch of water per week. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot and other issues.
One important note: deadheading peonies isn't necessary and may even remove food sources for pollinators and insects. The Paeonia typically only has an initial flower set, so cutting off old blooms doesn't encourage new flowering like it does with other plants.
By following these aftercare tips, your bare root peonies will have a strong start and provide years of beautiful blooms to come.