Asked on Jun 15, 2013

Big Headed Peonies or Paeonia

Catherine SmithAnn Alba


This plant is so beautiful in any shape or form from the leaf to the bud to the Flower.
2 things Bother me that I have yet to be able to control SUPPORT so after a Rain they dont go to Crap Poor things look beaten to a pulp. EARWIGS I love cut flowers in the house these are perfect, I just dont want the hitchhikers coming with them.
Natural product would be the best way to go but I am not afraid to get dirty.....
ANy help wold be GREATLY appreciated.
Have a good one.Ann/alba
3 answers
  • Catherine Smith
    on Jun 16, 2013

    Sounds like peony support wires would be what you need to help hold them up when in bloom. To keep from transporting earwigs, you can try gently shaking the peonies to dislodge any riders. You can also spray the plant with a mixture of water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent. Just do a test spray on a small area first. Always spray early in the morning or at dusk, never in full sun. That will burn the plant.

  • Ann Alba
    on Jun 16, 2013

    Thank you Cathrine I do tap & a gentle shake before bringing into house something DH forgets to do.....I will try the Soap spray Don't know why i did not think of that as I do this to my phlox to curb the mildew. Thanks for the wire Idea....

  • Catherine Smith
    on Jun 17, 2013

    For mildew you can add a little bit of baking soda to your spray mix. It's a natural fungicide and will help control mildew on plants without harming the plants or you. :)

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