Grow a Sarah Bernhardt Peony for Garden Star Power 

Absolutely! The traditional Sarah Bernhardt Peony adds star power to any landscape.  

Choose a sunny to partially shaded garden spot. Peonies like well-drained soil, so avoid waterlogging.  


Add compost or well-rotted manure before planting to increase drainage and fertility. Peonies like 6.5–7.5 pH soil.  

Preparing soil  

Peony tubers (rhizomes) should be planted in September or October. Bury the tuber 2 inches below the soil surface with its eyes (buds) facing up in a 2-foot-deep, 2-foot-wide hole. To allow for maturity, space plants 3–4 feet apart.  


Deeply water newly planted peonies to settle the dirt around the roots. Water them deeply once a week with 1 inch of water during the growing season. Reduce watering after flowering to prevent root rot.  


In early spring, apply a balanced or peony-specific fertilizer per package recommendations. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, which promote foliage growth over blooms.  


When they bloom heavily, peonies may need support. Early-season peony rings or posts avoid stem bends and breaks.  


Spread shredded bark or compost around plant bases to retain moisture, reduce weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Keep mulch a few inches from stems to prevent rotting.  


Fall after the first frost, deadhead faded flowers to encourage fresh blooms and remove spent leaves. Cut stems to ground level and discard unhealthy or damaged plant debris to prevent disease spread.  


Late fall mulch or straw can protect peony plants from freezing temperatures in colder locations. Remove mulch early spring before new growth.  

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