How to trim the peony

Peonies, with their big, flashy, often fragrant blossoms become the focal point of the garden in spring. The flowers only last a week or two, but by planting different varieties together you can extend the season to up to six weeks. Once the flowers fade, you are left with an attractive shrub with deep-cut leaves. Pruning peonies is easy, and they often require no pruning at all. So how do you know when to trim peonies? Continue reading to find out more about when and how to prune a peony. Is Pruning of Peony Necessary? Is pruning of peony necessary, and if so, how do you go about peony pruning? In fact, peonies need very little pruning, but as with any shrub, pruning helps to promote good overall health and the control of insects and diseases. Peony pruning can help maintain the shape of the plant. When to Trim Peonies Herbaceous peonies are tender-stemmed plants that die back naturally in fall and regrow again in spring. Cutting back the dead stems to the ground in fall helps preven…

Winter Care of peonies

Image Preparing your peonies to survive winter is a simple task whether the plants are freshly placed in the bed or have been thriving there for years. Long-lived peonies require minimum maintenance when compared to other popular bedding flowers. They also require cold winter temperatures in order to bloom the following spring so there's no need to dig them up and store them for the winter. Prepare the beds to protect them from the winter elements and from disease to ensure bright blooms in spring. Allow the leaves to die back naturally in autumn. Remove all the dead, yellowed leaves and cut the stems down to a height of 3 inches with garden pruners. Dispose of and destroy the spent stems and leaves; do not leave them in the bed or add them to a compost pile. This practice prevents disease from attacking the peony bed. Remove any organic mulch that was laid on the bed in the spring. Destroy the mulch to eliminate pests and disease. Remove any weeds that are still growing…

How to plant peonies

How to plant peonies Pick a mostly sunny location. I always think they do best with a bit of midday shade but that isn’t always an option. Give them space. You don’t want root interference from nearby trees or shrubs. Remember that it will be a big plant one day and plan ahead. Prepare your bed before planting. You want plenty of good, loose soil and organic matter. Instructions will come with your bare roots as to the depth of planting; generally the eyes (at the top of the root) should be just an inch or two deep. There is an abundance of wonderful information online to read over the winter while you wait for your first shoots to emerge. Go ahead, Google it, and you will be a pro by spring.

How to choose a good peony

Peonies have long been favoured by gardeners, and for good reason: They are easy to grow, seldom bothered by pests or disease and are beautiful to the eye and often to the nose. After the bloom has gone, the plants are lovely till frost and very often turn an autumnal bronze. They get bigger over time but aren’t invasive. What’s not to like? With just a bit of knowledge you too can grow these wonderful statement plants. Stroll through your neighbourhood in June when peonies are blooming and take in the sights and smells. See what you like. Visit public gardens or take in a peony show. June is great for picking out your favourites but not for planting. Just planning. How to choose a good peony Now’s the time to order peonies from, who will ship your order as bare roots in the fall, which is the ideal time for planting. (And order early as supplies will be limited.) Gansuzhognchuan peony nursery has a great list of growers on their website. Their roots will be far heal…

what is the growing season for peonies

The growing season for peonies, both tree and shrub varieties, varies somewhat depending on location, but is generally understood to be when the ground in not frozen. This is most often calculated by first and last frost dates. For most locations, this works out to be the majority of the spring and fall months, and all of the summer.
Peonies, like most flowering plants, are dormant during the winter. When the ground is frozen and cold, the roots are usually unable to retrieve nutrients. Instead, the roots typically stockpile needed sugars and minerals during the fall, then cease new growth until the spring.
Areas that do not have defined winters or that only rarely freeze, particularly the tropics or southern coastal regions of Europe and North America, often support longer, sometimes year-round peony growing seasons. Peonies are native to harsher climates, but will sometimes grow in warmer temperatures, too. There is usually still some period of dormancy during the coldest time of the …

A good way to grown peonies(3 rule)
A good way to grown peonies(3 rule) Rule number 1: remember not to plant your peony too deeply. The tuberous roots must not be planted more than about 2.5cm below the surface. If they are planted any deeper they may give wonderful foliage (some of the intersectional peonies, such as ‘Bartzella’ AGM or ‘Julia Rose’ have finely cut leaves which turn crimson red in the spring and autumn and many of the herbaceous or garden peonies have strong red stems and light green soft foliage) but they simply will not flower. If you have a peony in the garden and it isn’t flowering, it is probably because it has been planted too deeply or it has been buried when you have diligently mulched your borders. Just wait until the autumn and then, taking care not to damage the buds on the roots, lift your peony and re-plant it at the right depth. Rule number 2: plant your peony in a sunny position. Although many varieties will tolerate some shade (for example Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wi…

Top 5 tips to care for your new peony rootstock

Top 5 tips to care for your new peony rootstock.....
1) Firstly, plant the crown no deeper than 5cm (2"). If they are planted too deep they may give wonderful foliage but they simply will not flower.
2) Plant your peony in fertile, free draining soil. Peonies like slightly alkaline soil and are quite happy in clay soils provided that it is free draining. They don’t like to sit in water in the winter.
3) Plant in a sunny spot that gets winter frost. Although many varieties will tolerate some shade, if your peony is in heavy shade it will be reluctant to flower well.
4) Apply lime and potash in autumn (ash from a wood fire is great) and feed with general fertilizer in spring (Blood and Bone is great).
5) And finally ensure they don't dry out in summer. Once established peonies are quite hardy. One plant can produce up to 10 flowering stems.Give them a bit of TLC the first two to three years and reap the bounty.