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Do Tell Bush Peony
Do Tell Bush Peony
Do Tell Bush Peony

Do Tell Bush Peony

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Growing Tips and Instructions

Visit our How-To Cultivation Library to learn more about peonies and how to grow them.

Many growers plant peonies in the Fall; however, if planted early enough in late winter and early Spring, peonies will thrive just as well. Most peonies will take 2 years to show blooms - but trust us, it is well worth the wait!

Peony plants relish slightly acidic soils (pH 6.5 to 7.0) with good drainage. They tend to do well in both full and partial sun, becoming ideal candidates for borders, walkways, hedges and some of those unsightly, desperately-in-need-for-a-facelift spots of the garden. Peonies are great centerpieces and excellent as cut flowers. Most peonies have a wonderful fragrance!

Choose a sun-filled location for planting the peonies, which require at least eight hours of sunlight a day for optimum growth. Weed the planting site thoroughly, using a garden hoe. Turn the soil in the planting site, using a spade or a fork. The soil should be loose and well worked to a depth of 16 to 20 inches about three days before you plant. Lay out a 3- to 4-inch layer of aged steer manure or compost across the topsoil in the planting site. Work the amendment deep into the soil.

Dig planting holes that are about an inch deep if you live in warmer southern regions. Dig the hole 2 inches deep if you live in cooler northern regions. Space each hole approximately 3 feet apart, depending on the variety of peony you are planting. Plant the peony tuber into the planting hole so it sits no deeper than 1 to 2 inches below the surface. Cover the tuber with soil, then water each of the tubers thoroughly. Do not use a spray of water but a slow, even stream so water can sink down to the tubers.

Spread a 3- to 4-inch layer of straw or peat moss for a mulch over the planting site. Mulch will help improve the soil and prevent moisture loss by keeping down pesty weeds.


Sorry, we do not ship outside the U.S. or to Hawaii due to agricultural restrictions.

We guarantee safe arrival of healthy bulbs, that varieties will be true-to-name, and will grow if planted as instructed, subject to the limitations described in our Shipping and Returns Policy.

We begin shipping our bulbs, tubers, and perennials in mid-February through Spring. Upon arriving, your bulbs and most of your perennials may show signs of growth such as green leaves and sprouts - this is okay and transportation during this time should not harm the plants.

All bulbs and perennials should be planted in your garden as soon as possible to ensure the best success. If you must delay planting, open the bags to permit air circulation and place them out of direct sunlight in a cool, well-ventilated room. Do not place the bulbs where they can freeze. If you have the space, storing the bulbs in the refrigerator is another excellent way to “hold them” prior to planting. If you choose this method of storing your bulbs, be sure not to store fruit with them, as this is detrimental to bulbs.

Plant outdoors when the ground is no longer frozen and the conditions have improved for your zone.

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