I'm new to gardening peonies (and this forum, so forgive me if I drone on). I've always loved their giant blooms and fragrance, and we have the perfect, sunny yard for them, but I've run into a disastrous level of wilt, and I need some help. I bought a 6 quart peony plant from a big box store. I know, I know...but he was so lonely there all by himself
, and he looked healthy (absence of any noticeable pest insects, mildew, mold, soil was moist, root ball wasn't exposed or too deep). Anyway, I put the plant in the ground last week; there's plenty of drainage, the soil ph is fine (not perfect for peonies, but not overly nitrogen rich either), there isn't any "competition" for nutrients from other plants or shrubs nearby, and the spot is protected from heavy wind. Everything seemed great, "Karl" (peony's new name/identity) was grateful and settling into his new spot nicely, things were coming up roses (so to speak) but here's what happened next...WILT
and it appears to be spreading to the healthy stalks. Now half of the plant seems to be dying, and I have no idea what to do. Any help or recommendations would be so so appreciated (from myself and Karl).