Planting Sarah Bernhardt Peony bulbs requires careful preparation and planning. To start, select a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day, preferably with well-draining soil. Peonies can tolerate partial shade, but full sun encourages more abundant blooms. In the fall or early spring, prepare the planting area by digging a hole 12-18 inches deep and wide, incorporating compost or well-rotted manure to enrich the soil.
Position the bulb in the hole with the eyes facing upward and cover it with soil, leaving the eyes about 2 inches below the surface. Space the bulbs 3-4 feet apart to ensure ample room for growth. After planting, water the area thoroughly and apply a layer of mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds. During the growing season, water the plants regularly, especially during dry spells.