You will need: a shovel, composted cow
(one shovelful per root), Milorganite
(one cup per root), water, and muscle!
Dig a hole 2’-3’ wide by 18” deep. Place the root in the hole. Lay the handle of
your shovel across the hole. Add or remove soil so the eyes of the root are 1”-1
½” below the handle. Intersectional peonies are tagged with a rubber band. This
rubber band should be even with the bottom of the handle and can be left on the
stem. Remove the root and dig another 6”-8”. Toss the manure and Milorganite in
the hole and put the 6”-8” of soil back in. Add water and stomp on the dirt to
create a firm base. Place the root, eyes pointing up, in the hole and fill in
with dirt. Mound the soil to provide drainage. Water and check the depth again.
Install a peony hoop to protect your growth next spring. You’re done!