Asked on May 3, 2017

Would like to know EVERYTHING about Peonies??

Pauliegirl1SuzanneShirley Heikkinen
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Last year I received two peony bulbs as a gift, and bought 4 bulbs. "Bulbs" may or may not be the proper name?? I planted them per instruction. I have 5 that have sprouted, and one even gave me two flowers!! So far?? Do I cut the flowers off when they die? Anything else I should do? What about fertilizing? Pruning? How do I get them ready for fall? Cut back? Leave? cover with mulch? ANYTHING you can tell me about these Beauties would be appreciated!!! Thank You for your input!!!!!
10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 3, 2017

    Peonies do not really need to be pruned.Let the foliage die off naturally. As far as fertilizing that should be done in early spring when the rhizomes start to emerge. You can use a basic 10/10/10/granular food.
  • Iris
    on May 3, 2017

    Do not plant too deep or they will not flower. I generally cut mine back in the Fall.

  • It took my peonies 3 years before I got more than 5 flowers and now they are giving me dozens. I do very little other than cut of the dead stalks in late fall.
    Good luck!
  • Pauliegirl1
    on May 3, 2017

    Thank you!! One of the reasons I asked....people, that have them. told me it would take that long for blooms, and very surprised that I got two blooms!!
  • Judy Clark
    on May 3, 2017

    Lovely Peonies! I have a bush that produces gorgeous flowers but the problem I have is ants!! I have found when I cut them and bring them inside, I fix a bowl of room temp water and submerge the flowers - blooms and all in the water over night. The ants come to the surface and I throw the water and ants out. Also, if you bring in the buds you can wipe and/or pick the ants off. It's weird but they say the ants eat the sticky stuff in the buds that cause them to open?????
  • Pauliegirl1
    on May 3, 2017

    Good to know!! Thank you Judy!!


  • Shirley Heikkinen
    on May 4, 2017

    Check your local library to see if they have a book on raising peonies, if they don't have one maybe they can borrow one from a larger library.
  • Pauliegirl1
    on May 4, 2017

    Thanks...I will look into it!!
  • Suzanne
    on May 4, 2017

    I couldn't get my peonies to bloom so this year I dug them up, and replanted in a new spot ..they are blooming.,it just takes patience. Don't plant them too deep!
  • Pauliegirl1
    on May 4, 2017

    WOW!! Had no idea you could move them!! Great to know!! I bought two more and HOPEFULLY they will last to next season? I think it's too late to plant in zone 9??? But not sure??? That's why I need ALL the info I can get!! Sure I have read on the internet, but I think, people who have them and ALREADY have experience.... will tell me what I need to know to make these BEAUTIES...BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for the info!!!
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