- Increase stock of a favorite variety (for your garden or to give away)
- Keep plant size in the bounds of its dedicated space in the garden
- Improve the vigor of an old plant (especially perennials that "die out" in the center)
- Improve flower quality and quantity with a new, young plant
- Relocate to a new site
Mid-August through late October is the best peony transplant time in northern Illinois. At this time the pink, red or cream "eyes" (next year's stems) will be fully formed and visible at the base of this year's stems. Cutting to 3-5 eye divisions is a standard recommendation. It will take a year or two to recover from transplant. (9.11.15 Hortiholic post "Prime Time for Peonies" has more detailed info on the planting process).
|Princess Victoria Louise|
Go forth, be fruitful and divide those perennials (but only if they need it)!