When do you cut the dead-heads off the Peony blooms?

Becky Nichols
by Becky Nichols
When do you cut down the Peony dead heads after blooming?
When do you either dead head or trim back these Peony after blooms?
Do these pods turn into plantable tubers?
  12 answers
  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jun 03, 2017

    Remove seed heads after flowering is finished to allow the plant to store more energy for next year's bloom.

    See if you don't find this informative: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/flowers/hgic1170.html

  • Margaret Buettner Margaret Buettner on Jun 03, 2017

    I agree just cut ff spent blloms or non bloomers leave the foliage

  • Darlene Darlene on Jun 03, 2017

    I cut mine down to where that particular stem meets the main plant.

  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jun 04, 2017

    My Grandmother just pinched them off when she saw them & they continued to bloom all summer. Pinch it off just under the dead bloom. This works on roses too.

  • Eloise Eloise on Jun 04, 2017

    You should find the info you need in one of these videos: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=deadhead+peonies

  • C C on Jun 04, 2017

    Best time is while they are blooming. Bring the beauty inside. Shake gently yo remove any bugs lurking inside. Unless you want seed, tgevearlier you cut spent blooms the better. The dying takes energy from the plant.

  • Lee Brede Lee Brede on Jun 04, 2017

    To keep them neat during blooming I deadhead every day as needed. Also peony wire baskets keep blooms off ground. Mine were planted in 1941

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 04, 2017

    My Peony bushes are over 100 years old, they were originally my grandmothers. Yes, cut the spent blooms, you will have beautiful greenery all summer. And no matter what you do, the Peony only blooms once each year. Enjoy that beautiful smell and bring them in the house, shake off the ants and you will love them.

  • Mellissa Fuller Mellissa Fuller on Jun 04, 2017

    I was told by a very experienced gardener that after the plant stops blooming for the season, you should cut back each stem just above the bottom two sets of leaves. This leaves enough greenery to look pretty and store energy for the next blooming season. I followed her advice and had bigger plants and more blooms each spring.

  • Sparkles Sparkles on Jun 04, 2017

    mine has been passed down for 5 generations.

    it will get passed on after I am gone to my daughters as the plants can be divided also.

  • Kor24924493 Kor24924493 on Jun 08, 2017

    what about chives? I asked if you should cut the flowers off of chives to keep the plant going during the summer. Does this help the plant to last longer?

  • Tricia Tricia on Jun 11, 2017

    Yes, do cut the flowers off chives after they have bloomed or they will go to seed and not produce as well. Do enjoy the blooming flowers as they are edible. Use the whole flower as a garnish, or pull apart the flowers and use in salads or other dishes. Be careful though, their flavor is much more potent and intense then the chive itself so can easily overpower a dish. Chives will come back year after year with little care. Occasionally they

    need thinning and/Or weeding from grasses that may intrude their space. My patch in a 15" pot has been producing for 20 yrs. And is packed in tightly after that time, and they seem to love it. I do repot them every 2-3 yrs into fresh soil and untangle their roots.