Peonies thrive in sunny locations and well-drained soils, tolerating a wide range of soil types. Best growth is in soil with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5, and rich in organic matter. In cold climates, those with an average minimum temperature below -20 degrees F, winter mulching is necessary if there is little or no snow cover. Each plant requires an area about three feet in diameter. Dig a generous hole, large enough to accommodate the roots, and incorporate aged organic matter in the bottom. Place the peony in the prepared hole so that the eyes (small, red colored buds) are one to two inches below the soil's surface. Backfill and water well.
How far apart to plant peonies:
Plant peonies about 3-4 feet apart to allow space for the mature plants.
When will peonies bloom?:
Peonies can take up to 3 years to begin blooming when planted from bare-root stock. You can expect to see blooms increase each year as the peony plant matures.