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Planting Instructions: Take Care of Your Herbaceous Peonies

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HARDINESS ZONES
Herbaceous peonies do best in hardiness zones.  Plant roots no deeper than 10cm below the soil surface, watering only as needed. Peonies will begin to die back in August in preparation for a period of needed dormancy. Remove foliage from garden area to avoid disease problems.

UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR PEONIES
Inspect peony roots carefully when you receive them. If they appear dry, soak in water for 4 hours. If they cannot be planted soon, repack them in the packing material and wet thoroughly, leaving in a dark, cool place. They will keep for a week or two without damage. 

IDEAL CONDITIONS
Select a sunny, well-drained location with good, well-drained, soil.  Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the root system. Plant peonies below the soil surface with the eyes facing upwards. Fill the hole with soil and a good compost, water thoroughly. For the first winter, apply a 3 to 4 inch layer of loose mulch. This is especially important in the North or with late-season planting. Pull…