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Dare to Divide Your Peonies

It’s easy to make more of these pricey perennials

Fine Gardening - Issue 148

Would you like to have a few more peonies in your garden but hesitate because of the cost? If you already have a large herbaceous peony, you can divide its roots to get more plants without spending a dime. Herbaceous peonies (Paeonia cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–8) are long-lived perennials that can be divided to yield clones (or, literally, pieces of the original) that grow into individual plants. Divide peonies in fall to allow the divisions time to grow and establish themselves in warm soil. But don’t try this technique on intersectional or tree peonies, which are propagated by slightly different means.

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