Peonies – Transplanting From Clay to Sandy Soil

Q: I have a beautiful established peony. I am moving to Bryan County and I wonder if I can transplant the peony from clay to sandy soil.

A: Much depends on the variety you have. In warm winters, like you’d enjoy in Bryan County, some peonies will only give foliage, not blooms, for four years out of five. In my opinion, it never hurts to try. Dig the clump and put it in a plastic-lined box and install it in the garden as soon as you get to your new home. Try not to disturb the roots as you dig and be sure to plant at the same level as the peony is now.

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