The peony dilemma: To transplant or not to transplant

white peonies

This year’s peonies have been disgracefully beautiful. Must be something about the harsh winter. Peonies grow very well in Russia, so I assume a hard frost suits them.

This one is growing in my garden, and it’s gorgeous. So gorgeous that I’m toying with the idea of splitting the clump and planting half on the allotment.

Just one problem, as peony fans will know: this flower HATES being transplanted, and can sulk for up to 3 years before it flowers again.

Question: Have I got the patience to wait?

9 Responses to “The peony dilemma: To transplant or not to transplant”

  1. onetruelove Says:

    It’s a slight myth about Peonies. If you move it, make sure the roots are not planted too deeply. It’s the way they’re planted they object to, not the move itself. Check out Kelways website for proper advice.

  2. Mike Says:

    On peonies, we had one planted in a less than ideal location and after a few years of no flowers my wife divided and transplanted it to a sunnier spot where it proceded to give us one flower the next year and is blooming nicely this season. I say go for it.:)

    By the way, congratulations on a good run.

  3. Rebsie Fairholm Says:

    Well, I have successfully transplanted a peony, and I was given two bits of advice before I did it. One was to do it in September – they hate being moved at any other time, but if it’s September they’ll forgive you. The other crucial thing is not to replant them too deeply, because if they’re too deep they won’t flower. I followed both tips and got a completely sulk-free transfer. Good luck!

  4. Soilman Says:

    Thanks for the Sept/deep planting tips guys. Hadn’t heard either of those before. More confident about giving it a go now!

  5. Taylor Says:

    Oh lawzy, I couldn’t do it. Even one year without those beauties would upset me. Though maybe those tips will help you out, and two beautiful peonies are better than one!

  6. Julie Says:

    I guess ignorance is bliss…I move mine quite regularly, well maybe I should clarify, I divide them and after that first season they do just fine, in fact they are almost impossible to totally kill. I had one years ago that grew in the lawn and I mowed it every year and every spring it would send up a shoot or two.Hey that makes me think rather than a downright dividing why don’t you just “liberate” a few roots from the side? (In September of course 😉 )

  7. Matron Says:

    Go on, give it a go .. it’s not as if you could eat them! Lots of these gardening folklore rules are tosh anyway!

  8. Tanya Walton Says:

    I moved one in the spring and it has started to flower so there is always a chance you won’t have to wait….however i take no responsibility for whatever happens if you decide to move it!!

  9. allotment blogger Says:

    I’ve heard the shallow planting rule several times. There’s a gorgeous dark red (so dark it’s almost purple) peony on some waste ground outside a lock-up I pass every day. I’m always so tempted to dig it up and give it a better home but that would feel like cheating all the other passers-by out of its beauty. On the other hand, one day somebody will concrete over it or something and we’ll all lose the benefit. What to do …?