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Old 05-18-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Soo, my mom gave me some peonies this Spring, and I transplanted them. My other peonies look great, but these have leaves that while still green and shiny, are sort of shriveled-looking.

They're alive, but they just don't look so hot. The leaves should have filled out by now. I can't find anything on the internet. Any idea what may be wrong with them?
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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Peonies do not like being moved. They're sullen and resentful.

And the best time to divide and move them is in the fall. Not the spring.

Leave em be. They'll probably behave like curmudgeons this year, but perk up next year and bloom.
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:42 PM
 
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Yep, they are still likely in transplant shock. They may have those wrinkled leaves all summer. Just water and fertilize them as you would normally.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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I agree with the above posters about transplant shock and peonies not liking being moved, especially when it is not the fall.

The leaves will most likely keep showing some signs of stress for a while. Watering should help the roots develop but you may also want to shade the plant a little, with something like cheese cloth, from mid day and afternoon sun so that it looses less moisture. If you haven't remove any flowers and flower buds trim them off now.

I love Azoria's description of them being curmudgeons.... they can be difficult so it's perfect! LOL
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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I agree with the above posters about transplant shock and peonies not liking being moved, especially when it is not the fall.

The leaves will most likely keep showing some signs of stress for a while. Watering should help the roots develop but you may also want to shade the plant a little, with something like cheese cloth, from mid day and afternoon sun so that it looses less moisture. If you haven't remove any flowers and flower buds trim them off now.

I love Azoria's description of them being curmudgeons.... they can be difficult so it's perfect! LOL
But once established they are tough as nails and dependable to the point of being completely carefree. I have some that were planted by my grandmother at least 65 years ago.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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Peonies do not like being moved. They're sullen and resentful.

And the best time to divide and move them is in the fall. Not the spring.

Leave em be. They'll probably behave like curmudgeons this year, but perk up next year and bloom.
If some one asked what my favorite flower is, Peonies win hands down every time! Can't grow them down here but we had a beautiful bed of them in Virginia. Agree with everyone else.They are sulking about being moved. I'm sure by this time next year they will be wonderful!
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Old 05-19-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Thanks! Dividing/transplanting in Fall or early Spring in my zone seems to work equally well for some plants. The peonies I transplanted last Fall look great, as well as the other ones I transplanted earlier in Spring. These are the only two behaving badly. I was afraid they had some sort of horrible virus. It's nice to know they're just "sullen"

VA-Cat peonies are my favorite flower, too! My front ones just started blooming a couple of days ago and even covered in water, the blooms look luscious. Luuuhhscious. The ones I have are all paler pinks and whites, but my mom's are HOT PINK. I'll be overjoyed if I can see them bloom next year!

Thanks for all the advice, everyone. I'll just leave them be for now.
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