Q • I have numerous peonies that have been my grandfather’s. I am taking into consideration a transfer to North Dakota this coming spring (likely April or May well) and would like to just take the bulbs with me. However, I have only at any time dug them up in the fall, as I read through that was the most effective time to shift/divide them. If my go gets certain, when should really I dig the bulbs up in buy to choose them with me? If I need to dig them up in advance of the actual prepared shift time, how must I retailer them?
A • Indeed, if the shift is even now on, dig the bulbs up ASAP, as you hardly ever want to dig proven peonies during the growing time. Replant them in personal pots and really do not fail to remember to label just about every pot. Potentially the most straightforward way to retail outlet them overwinter would be to location the pots back into the holes you developed by transplanting. The rim of every single pot should be amount with the present soil grade.
Alternatively, the pots could be positioned on the floor of the floor in a sheltered spot wherever drinking water won’t collect, and surrounded by a wooden chip mulch until you’re prepared to shift.
Likewise, if you get there in North Dakota right before the spring soil can be dug, then position the pots in a sheltered location and mulch them the moment again until time allows you to transplant them at your new residence.
Write to Chip Tynan of the Missouri Botanical Yard at [email protected] or Horticultural Reply Services, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, 63110.