How do I get started on growing Peony and keeping them healty?

I have tried 4 times to grow Peony's and I ordered them Burgess. The never grow beyond the stage I received them, like a piece of wood with roots. Someone told me I had to have big black ants for the peony to survive. I do not have these kind of ants. I would so love to have beautiful peony's in my yard.
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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 29, 2013
    I don't know where you are located, Cindy, but you have to have cold winters to have peonies. And you need good light, and well-draining soil. If you live in an area where they grow, a good local nursery should have them for sale. I think this is a much better route than buying them from a mail-order source, where you are likely to get a tiny one-eye division that will take years to amount to anything in your garden. For cultural tips, see:

  • Mary Anderson Mary Anderson on May 29, 2013
    I had this problem with a peony I planted too deep. Once I raised it, it began to grow. They take a while to produce, but the wait is so worth it!

  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on May 30, 2013
    I've used White Flower Farm for a couple of my peony plants. They are a bit more expensive, but their plants are very high quality and their customer service is excellent. Douglas is right, though, you have to have cold winters for them to bloom.

  • Lori J Lori J on May 30, 2013
    Another route is to see if you have a local 'Party Line' or radio call in show that features audio want ads--for sale, wanted, give away, etc. This can be a way to locate local plants, often freebees or trades. I am with Doug, go local.