Transplanting and Planting Peonies
Peony plants are beginning to show up more in gardens all around the world. This is due to more gardeners receiving the word about how beautiful these plants can be when placed in the proper setting. Peony plants are also somewhat easier to grow than other plants, due to their nature to be able to sustain themselves without much human interference. Peony plants work in a variety of setting in the garden. They make excellent focus points, with their dense green foliage and large bold blooms. The lower growing peony plants, such as the fernleaf peony, also make excellent border plants and accents. The fernleaf peony plant is also very useful to plant in front of other flowers in order to hide foliage that may fall off earlier in the season than others. A peony plant, grown in a pot, can make a wonderful addition to any room of the house. These plants will grow readily indoors if set in a location with a good deal of sunlight, such as a window ledge. The soft fragrance of the peony plant will waft on the air and give a nice springtime feel to the house nearly all year long. Peony plants make the perfect addition to any garden. No matter what the color scheme is, there is a peony plant that will match or complement it perfectly. Peony plant blooms come in nearly all colors, except for shades of blue, and are large and bold. Peony plant blooms also bloom early, usually in mid to late spring, and would work as a great start for a long, colorful flowering season. Transplanting peonies should always be done in the autumn months, after the blooming period has ended. The first step is to dig around the plant and fairly deep. The underground root structure of a peony plant can sometimes get pretty large, and it is important not to damage any roots if possible. Once the plant is up, remove much of the soil from around the roots. This can be done using water or lightly shaking the roots. Once the soil has been removed, select a new location for the plant. Ensure that the new location will satisfy the needs of the plant. There should be a good amount of direct sunlight each day, and also good drainage of water. Once the location has been selected, a hole must be dug for the plant. The hole should be large enough to house the entire root system freely, and not in a large clump. Spread out the roots and add soil a little bit at a time and press firmly to remove any air pockets and reinforce the support for the plant. The crown of the peony, where the roots come together, should be just an inch or so beneath the surface of the soil. Now, the plant must be watered gently, to ensure the roots are in contact with the soil. Transplanting peonies is often done for a variety of reasons. One reason is that the plant may not be thriving in its current location. This may be for several reasons, including not enough sun or soil drainage. Transplanting peonies that are not growing well to a sloping hill with full sun exposure may increase the chances of growth greatly.