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I always leave my cutting back to early spring, and when I see the new growth just starting to come through I then cut back all the old growth. by leaving it until the early spring the old growth helps to protect the crown from the ravages of winter.
When should I cut back last years dead peonies.
I have some peonies to plant but do notknow which way up to plant them can you help please which is root and which is crown it is the first time I have ever had them thank you endabra
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Endabra, the pink buds go at the top. They are the growth buds and you should find about four of them, maybe more. Plant them shallowly, no more than two inches below the soil. Grannybarb, I have just cut mine back, because the new growth has started here in mild Wales.

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