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How to Plant Peonies

Peony roots are available to purchase at box stores, nurseries and online catalogs. The key importance when planting these roots are:


  •          Find a sunny location with 8 hours or direct light.

  •          Prepare the soil in the planting location first, adding compost/shredded leaves, etc. into the soil to a depth of 12 inches.

  •          You can add a couple tablespoons of sulfur in the planting bed, and mix in with the soil. DO NOT put sulfur directly in the bottom of the planting hole.

  •          Water the mixed soil so it can resettle before planting.

  •          Peonies needs to be planting shallow. It is very easy to plant them too deep, which leads to no blooms or flat-out failure.

  •          Very lightly cover with mulch on the top with mulch, no more than an inch deep.

David Lott

Horticulture Extension Educator

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Lincoln-Logan-McPherson Counties

348 W. State Farm Road

North Platte, NE 69101

(308) 532-2683


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