How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Peony Flowers
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We have sone very beautiful peonies our granny has has them growing for as long as I can remember. She passed last November and its very important for us to keep her flowers growing and looking as beautiful as she has kept them. We forgot to cut them back last fall so i cut them down just now really. My question I guess is are they going to be okay what should I do to make sure they are okay. I didnt cut all the way down to the dirt bc i seen some green coming in not much but some so i left about 6 inches give or take sticking out what can I do to make sure they turn out the way they should?
Courtney, you can cut the foliage to the ground. Per above, it is usually done in the fall but we are still (in many parts of the country) in winter’s grip so this should not harm the peonies. New shoots would come up anyway, but cutting them makes for a cleaner transition. Enjoy the flowers!
I'm a bit confused as it says to dig a 2 ft hole but then it also says to not plant them more than 2 inches deep? I feel a bit stupid, I'm probably just not understanding...are you saying to fill the hole with compost an amendments and then plant the tuber on top of that with 2 inches of soil on top?
You are correct! We are saying to dig a deeper hole to loosen the soil and backfill with compost and other amendments, then to plant the peonies 2 inches from the surface.
I live in zone 5 and need to move my peonies that have thrived for 20 years in one location. One of the peonies has been infiltrated by a flowering weed and I would like to completely eliminate it when I transplant it. Any recommendations on how to split the plant to get rid of the weeds without killing the peony?
This should not be complicated. When you lift the peony roots, you should be able to tell what is weed and what is peony tuber, and so pull/rip/cut the weed and its roots from the peony tubers. Your long-lived peony roots should be healthy and visible; just shake or brush off the dirt. We hope this helps!
After my peonies have bloomed and lost their leaves each location of the flowers their are three sead like pods growing, are these new seeds?,
I'm wondering the same thing about the seed-like pods. If dried and planted, would they produce new peony plants?
Peonies can be grown from seed, but it’s generally not worth the trouble. They take 5 to 6 years to mature to flowering age, so you could be waiting quite a while for any blooms.
I have a very deep red peony. The flower is gorgeous. I planted the peony about 3 or 4 years ago and it is about 2 foot tall when it blooms. I get 3 to 5 blossoms. After it blooms the leaves turn dark and dry up and die. I have had peonies for years and never had a problem. It is planted in an area by itself and gets good watering. I believe it is an Armani peony. I was wondering if I should transplant it or maybe put it in a large pot and baby it. Any tips you have would be appreciated. Sharon