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Paeony or peonys are best situated in a spot shaded from the early morning sun to avoid frost damage.
They prefer a moist well drained soil, in sun or semi-shade.
Before planting out in September, prepare the hole with a liberal helping of well rotted manure and a handful of bonemeal.
Set the crown of the plant no more than 25mm below ground level.
Mulch annually in April with well rotted manure.
They may take several years to establish and they resent root disturbance,therefore consideration to site location is important.
They grow to around 1 metre high and require planting approx 1 metre apart.
The flowers can be 100 t0 200mm diameter dependant on variety and they generally appear in June.
Deadhead the flowers as they fade and cut down the foliage to ground level in October.
Paeonies can be raised from seed but will not come true to variety.
Sow seed in pots/trays in September and place in cold frame to germinate.
Prick out the following May and grow on in a cold frame or nursery bed for three or four years.
When of a suitable size to plant out, plant out in September/October.
Divide the plants In September ensuring that each piece of root has a dormant on it.