How do you get flowers on peony plants ?


I have a peony plant for the last 4 years, i havent seen a single flower bloomed on the bush, any idea what might b the reason. i have changed one of the bushes place also, but no result . every year they grow but no flowers on it.

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  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 11, 2020

    Hi Ruby. I'm Cindy. I suggest dissolving one tablespoon of Epson Salt in a gallon of water. Pour this solution on the ground where the plant meets the soil. Then follow that with more clean water. Doing this will put enzymes in the soil and plants thrive with it. The extra water will help the roots receive the Epson Salt more quickly. You can use this in a vegetable garden and in your flower beds. Repeat every two weeks. Good luck Ruby. Hope all is well with you.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jun 11, 2020

    Hi Ruby, sorry you have no flowers on your peony plant. Hope this will help. Peonies need sun to produce blooms. It could be that the plant got enough sun in early spring to generate the buds but a nearby tree grew back its leaves and the sun is now blocked. The buds die because the plants no longer get enough sun to support the blossoms.May 3, 2020

    What To Do For A Peony That Does Not Bloom › ... › Flowers › Peonies

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 12, 2020

    This link might help you, it lists multiple reasons why they might be having difficulty blooming:

  • Peonies often take a few years to grow and get established before they bloom. It could take up to four years, so maybe you're right on the cusp of getting some blooms!

  • Em Em on Jun 12, 2020

    Is Your Peony Growing in Full Sun? Peonies need sun to produce blooms. It could be that the plant got enough sun in early spring to generate the buds but a nearby tree grew back its leaves and the sun is now blocked. The buds die because the plants no longer get enough sun to support the blossoms. Has Your Peony Been Fertilized? If your peony is unable to bring up enough nutrients from the soil, they may not be able to support the buds. Because peonies do not like to be moved and do not like to be buried too deeply, it can be difficult to incorporate sufficient fertilizer to the area. Try applying a liquid fertilizer, like a compost tea or a seaweed emulsion. When was Your Peony Planted or Last Moved? Peonies don’t like to be moved. It can take years for a peony to recover from the shock of being moved. If your peony was planted or re-planted in the past four years, it just may be feeling sullen. Their buds will turn into flowers eventually. Is Your Peony Planted at the Right Depth? Peonies do not like to be planted deeply. The eye buds on the tubers should be above the soil level, not below it. If your peony is planted too deeply, you will need to replant it, though this will probably delay blooming for a few years. But think of it this way, better to wait a few years for a peony flower than not at all. Does Your Peony Get Enough Cold? If you live in a warmer climate, your peony may not get enough cold in the cold months. Peonies need a certain amount of cold weather in order to set buds and to flower.

    Read more at Gardening Know How: Why Your Peony Buds But Never Flowers

  • Linda Linda on Jun 12, 2020

    I recently came across this article that answers your questions.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jun 12, 2020

    Try some miracle grow and also try coffee grinds used you could also get the soil tested at Home Depot they do it

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 12, 2020

    Failure to bloom is usually caused by two things: improper planting and/or insufficient light. When planting peonies, make sure to plant the eyes (the point at which new growth emerges) no more than two inches deep. Also make sure your plants get plenty of sun — 6 or more hours a day. My guess is that you have planted it too deeply. Make sure about those two inches.

    • Ruby Ruby on Jun 12, 2020

      Thanks dear,it is getting enough of sun light and water, i planted a bud, moved one of the plant last year as no blooms one is still on the same sport, but both of them has no flowers . as everybody says wait and watch.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 12, 2020

    Hello. I have found that it can be true, peonies may not bloom the year after splitting/transplanting. Give them time to acclimate.

    Peony info and care

    Why are my peonies not blooming?

    If you aren’t seeing blooms after a few years, there are a fewpossibilities:

    1. Buds killed by late frost, fungal disease or thrips – spray with a pesticide labeled for peonies. Follow label directions.

    2. Planted too close to trees and shrubs – need more nourishment.

    3. Planted too deep – replant with eye buds 2 inches below soil line.

    4. Ground too dry – water to the bottom of the roots.

    5. Prematurity – too young – let them develop.

    6. Excessive hot weather – no remedy – wait till next


    The first year after planting, the peony may be about six inches high with few stems. It probably will not bloom the first year because it is developing a root system. In the second year the stems usually double and growth is taller with blooms nearer normal. By the third year the plant doubles again and the blooms are normal in every way. After the third year growth is slower and full size is usually attained by the eighth or ninth year. The adage for peonies is “1st year sleep, 2nd year creep, 3rd year leap.” Plants that have been well cared for often live longer than their owners. Peonies make excellent cut flowers and can be cut when either fully opened or when the buds are “marshmallow” soft. Deadheading of the fragrant blooms should be done before seed production occurs.

    Plant right place

    When choosing your plant choices, its recommended that you want to make sure to pick the right plant for the right place. That means to choose plants that will thrive in the growing conditions ( usa growing zones - shade sun, moist vs dry soil) where you will be planting them and still fit the space when they grow to mature size. Careful consideration so that you don’t want to plant something that you’ll have to constantly prune or won’t look healthy ( or survive) over time. Otherwise you’ll just be creating another problem that will have to be dealt with in the future.

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 13, 2020

      I know when I divide and replant the peony divisions it takes several years for them to blossom. Sometimes it’s a time situation. Hope you Find a solution and have bountiful blossoms

  • Dianne Dianne on Jun 12, 2020

    If you planted your peonies from bulbs, be patient. They will reward you with beautiful blooms. The bulb must establish itself first. work the soil around it with some bone meal to strengthen the plant stalks when it does bloom. Give it more time.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Jun 12, 2020

    What zone are you in? they have to get totally frozen in the winter to bloom.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 15, 2020

    Hi Ruby: When you transplant your flowers, make sure that the tubers (roots) are not more than 1/2 inch below the soil. Sticking up some is o.k., too. The little red knobs that show up should not be covered with soil. If the flowers are planted too deep, all you will get are leaves and no buds. If you do get buds and find that they are covered with ants, leave the ants alone. They help the buds to open. Also, be sure your plants have loads of sun and water deeply once a week or more, if it's really hot and dry. Good luck