Should I trim off peony stems after the blooms are gone?

by Sis
  10 answers
  • you can if you find them unsightly, I usually just let the whole thing (leaves and stems) die off naturally and then take away the dead stuff later, usually after the first frost.

  • Treva Kirby Adams Treva Kirby Adams on Jun 01, 2017
    I leave the greenery standing until it turns yellow, then trim to about 3". This is supposed to help the plant retain health and lengthen its life, according to the local Master Gardener classes.

  • Wanda sinnema Wanda sinnema on Jun 01, 2017
    Yes, trim the flowers off, leave the foliage until it dies down in the fall.. then trim that

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 01, 2017
    No you should leave them alone.Peonies are grown by rhizomes and should be treated the same as bulbs.They need the foliage to feed on. Once they are totally brown then cut them.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 01, 2017
    Hello Sis. Yes you can snip off the dead blooms. But I follow the "old way" of: From Spring thru Fall only prune during the months that contain the letter "R" in their name. For example: you can prune in April but not in May. Because April has an R. May does not contain the letter R. I have been using this method for many years and have had success with it. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • Sis Sis on Jun 01, 2017
    Thanks everyone. I will trim off dead blooms and let the rest die down naturally.

  • Gina Gina on Jun 01, 2017
    I have a question for Aljosjer is it ok to deadhead your rose bushes in May

  • Gra8828849 Gra8828849 on Jun 01, 2017
    I have Call as from my grandfather, so they are old. I always take them out in the fall. In the spring I bring them out clean them of all old roots and plant. They multiple so fast I give them away every year.

  • Patti Patti on Jun 01, 2017
    dead head the flowers remove all petals around the plantto. in the fall cut stems back to soil level and remove.