Moving A Tree Peony
How to move a tree peony
Tree peonies – they hate being moved and are known to sulk if they are. However, if you are desperate to move a tree peony they need to be moved in the autumn on a frost free day. Bear in mind that it will need to be well watered throughout the summer once moved during its first year after moving.
It is generally not recommended to move a tree peony, as they do not tolerate being transplanted well and can take a long time to recover from the stress of being moved. If you must move a tree peony, it is best to do so in the fall when the plant is not actively growing.
To move the tree peony, follow these steps:
- Using a sharp spade, carefully dig a wide, circular hole around the base of the plant, making sure to go deep enough to get the entire root ball.
- Gently lift the plant out of the ground, being careful not to damage the roots.
- Use burlap or a tarp to wrap the root ball, securing it with twine or straps.
- Transport the plant to its new location, taking care not to jostle it too much.
- Unwrap the root ball and carefully plant the tree peony in its new location, making sure to plant it at the same depth as it was previously growing.
- Water the plant well, and keep it well-watered for the first few weeks after transplanting to help the soil settle around the roots and remove the air pockets.
It is important to note that even with the best care, tree peonies may not survive being transplanted. If you are unsure about moving a tree peony, it may be best to leave it in its current location and consider other options for adding plants to your garden.