Q: I recently was given my neighbor’s big peony plants and had to transplant them immediately. I have kept them watered and have umbrellas covering them but they are quite wilty. Should I cut the stems down to take water-gathering pressure off the tubers? Mary Cozart, DeKalb County
A: I could make an argument either way. Removing leaves will diminish the amount of water the roots need. But leaves absorb energy that the roots need for daily sustenance. In the end, your instincts will give an answer. Remove a few leaves and see if the others perk up.
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