Peony (tree and herbaceous)
Herbaceous peonies: Northern U.S. down to the Texas panhandle. Tree peonies: Northern U.S. to central Florida.
Plant peonies in the fall, placing the eyes of the tubers 2 inches below the soil surface.
Well drained, high in organic matter.
Water enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy.
When planting, mix in bone meal in transplant hole for roots to find it. During the growing season, fertilize with a bulb food.
Divide herbaceous peony clumps every 6 to 10 years. When cutting flowers, leave 3 or 4 leaves on the stems. To ensure an ample bloom the next year, pick only a third of the blooms for cut flowers.
Full sun, or half-day sun in hot, dry areas.