Status: 21.09.2023, 10:00 a.m.
By: Yannik Lurz
When they bloom, the whole garden shines: peonies. If you want to plant the flower, you should make sure that it is in a sunny location and avoid waterlogging.
The peony: a plant that blooms particularly enchantingly in spring. Its magnificent flowers give every garden an elegant and romantic atmosphere. In this article, we will show you how easy it is to plant peonies and care for them so that they form a lot of buds.
Planting peonies: tips for the perfect location
For peonies, make sure they are in a rather sunny location, otherwise they will be rotten to flower. © Karina Hessland/IMAGO
Before you start planting, you should carefully choose the site. Peonies need a lot of light, so the chosen place should be as sunny as possible. A semi-shaded spot can also be fine, as long as there is still enough light to get through to the peonies. To avoid waterlogging, the soil should be nice and well-drained.
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It is best to prepare the bed with mature compost or well-rotted manure. This ensures the supply of nutrients to the plants.
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- Prepare the planting hole: Dig a planting hole that is about twice the size of the peony's root ball. If necessary, use a shovel (promotional link). As for the depth, you can be guided by the pot in which the peony came to you.
- Improve soil: Loosen the soil in the planting hole and mix in compost or well-rotted manure.
- Prepare for planting: Place the peony in the planting hole. Depending on the species, different depths are required: plant shrub peonies 12 to 15 centimeters deep, perennial peonies three to five centimeters deep.
- Insert and fill: Insert the plant and carefully fill the hole with soil. Press the soil lightly to avoid air holes.
- Watering: Water the newly planted peony thoroughly and ensure sufficient moisture in the coming weeks.
Caring for peonies: tips for healthy plants and magnificent flowers
Caring for peonies is relatively straightforward. But there are a few things you should pay attention to:
- Watering: During the growing season, you should make sure that the soil is evenly moist, but not waterlogged. Be sure to avoid waterlogging in the bed.
- Fertilize: Fertilize your peonies in the spring and after flowering with a phosphorus-rich fertilizer.
- Support: Since the flowers can become heavy, it is advisable to provide the plants with supports. This prevents the plants from bending over so easily.
- Pruning: Prune the plants in the fall once the foliage has died.
This article was created with the help of machines and carefully reviewed by editor Yannik Lurz before publication.