Asked on Jul 12, 2018

Some of my peonies not looking good.

JamieSue B.Barbara
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I have a line of peonies & some are looking dried up & yellow but the others look fine.
q some of my peonies not looking good
q some of my peonies not looking good
They are on a slight slope but the ground at the top is wet so I don’t think it’s lack of water. Sometimes the buds don’t even open, they just dry up. We split them up in a longer row about 2 years ago.
9 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Hello Donnie, Try Feeding them to see if they improve or lifting them (with as little disturbance to the roots as possible just to see if there are bugs sapping or eating the roots ?
  • Sue B.
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Not sure what might be causing that...except maybe too much water? We’ve been unable to kill ours, no matter what we’ve done😉. We’ve had to transplant them due to some construction, etc. Some have even come back independently! I always cut them way back right after them blooming in spring. Maybe they’re not native to where you live? Good luck with yours!

    • Donnie Woerpel Williams
      on Jul 13, 2018

      They did really good right after we transplanted them from my sister. It’s just after we split them to cover more area. I thought the first year was OK but the next two haven’t been so that’s why my husband thought maybe it was winter kill
  • Rockyroad
    on Jul 13, 2018

    First off , I'd suggest Peony "rings" , metal stakes w/ circles avail at garden cntrs , to help hold up floppy , top heavy plants . Almost sounds like they're too wet ?
  • Joanna - Gingham Gardens
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Donnie, sometimes when peonies are transplanted, it will take them a couple of years to regroup and rebloom. Make sure the crown of the plant is not buried. It should be just at the surface of the ground. I would scratch in some slow release fertilizer (Osmocote) at the base of the plant. You might want to consider adding a good layer of compost and then mulch to the entire bed. If you do all these things and they don't look better by next spring, I would consider removing them.
  • Debg
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Add bone meal to the ground around your peonie plants. I do this every spring and fall. Just grab a handful and sprinkle generously. Feeds peonies very well.

  • Barbara
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Take one of the leaves that are dried up to your local garden centre and ask. I had a fungus last year on one of my bushes, the garden centre told me to spray it and cut it down completely. This year it sprung back and is larger than last year.

  • Sue B.
    on Jul 13, 2018

    I believe, for the most part, any flowering trees or bushes do best to be pruned/cut back right after blooming. If one waits too long, they risk it not blooming as well next time around. I have a few bushes such as reblooming lilacs and wigeila(sp?) that specifically say to trim right after so they can have another rebloom later this summer, not next year. FYI...I learned this lesson painfully when some years back I waited until Fall to prune my forsythia bushes and got ”zip” the following spring!😜 And, yes...they should be less leggy when they grow back.
  • Sue B.
    on Jul 13, 2018

    Oh dear...good luck!🤞

  • Jamie
    on Jul 19, 2018

    A good rule of thumb with plants:

    If the leaves on the bottom are turning brown, not enough water.

    If the leaves on the top are turning brown, too much water.

    You may need to add some drainage material to the ground. I also agree that you need to add some time released plant food or spikes.

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