Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:42
A neighbour had a mature peony - beautiful deep pink/red (we don't know name) and wanted it removed. I'd enviously admired it just over the fence for years. It was carefully dug up by a landscaping gardener but was so large he had to divide it into half a dozen sections, each with big roots and tubers(?). I was given a couple to see if I could transplant them without them dying off.
I left two divisions with large sections of root still attached in a bucket of water for a day and overnight. I then put good garden compost in overlarge holes and planted both. I've left them with some of the stems and leaves still on at the moment. I've read that moving peonies can be very tricky and that if you transplant sections it can be years before they 'take' (if you're lucky) and a long time before you might achieve blooms.
Here's a photo of what I've re-planted. I'm thinking success will me a bit of a miracle. I'm also wondering if I ought to cut the stems to the ground to give the roots a chance.
Does anyone have any advice or experience of doing this? I'm not hopeful at all but I just wanted to try something as it was a beautiful plant in the next door garden and I couldn't bear to think of it all going to the rubbish heap.