Asked on Jun 19, 2013

Care of peonies.

Catherine SmithDouglas HuntMelissa


Do you cut back the leafy portion of the plant after it has bloomed and when would be best to do so? I have many of different colors and just love the blooms and fragrance.
3 answers
  • Melissa
    on Jun 19, 2013

    I've been told to let the foliage start to die back before cutting them down, but I usually cut mine when I get tired of mowing around them. It has never hurt them.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 19, 2013

    You should do as Melissa has been told and not as she does! Deadhead the plants after they bloom but leave the foliage until it starts to yellow in the fall.

  • Catherine Smith
    on Jun 20, 2013

    Douglas is absolutely correct. The rhizomes need the the nutrients from the leaves for next year's bloom.

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