Step 1: Cut the stems
Flowering is over, autumn is here, no need to wait for the leaves to dry out completely. In this case, this is the first step to take before performing the division.
Cut the stems 10 cm above the collar.
Step 2: Dig up the tubers
With the spade, start far enough from the base so as not to risk damaging the tubers.
Proceed methodically and meticulously. Go down as deep as possible to try to get the peony out from underneath without tearing off the main tubers.
Step 3: Divide the foot
Take a deep breath, you don't slice the head of a peony every day. Have a clean cut, taking care to balance the number of roots and the number of eyes. Ideally leave 3 or 4 buds per stem.
Step 4: Replant
Break down the soil at least 40 cm deep and take the opportunity to renew part of the soil, bringing a mixture of clay, soil enriched with compost or well decomposed manure, and possibly little extras (crushed horn , dried blood…)
Still taking care not to damage the roots, bury the base so that the buds are 2 to 4 cm underground.
Fill the hole delicately so as not to break the fragile buds, compacting regularly. After covering the entire base, the few stems that will still protrude will be enough to recall the position of the plant.
Step 5: Prepare for winter
Water in order to pack the soil around the roots, because they will continue to branch by drawing on their reserves. You can mulch the feet before the frosts, using the autumn leaves fallen on the ground which will thus contribute to the fertilization of the soil.
It can be several years before the peonies bloom again, which seems completely normal after this big stress. You will have to be patient, but the reward will only be tastier when the new flowers show up. Maybe then a tear of this "magic" remedy will flow down your cheek, who knows? Our practical gardening videos