Garden flowers

Peony: a star in spring

The peony is a very pretty flower, the planting and maintenance of which contributes to flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Paeonia
Family : Paoniaceae
Type : Perennial

: 50 to 200 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Rather rich and humid

Spring - Foliage : Obsolete

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From spring to winter and from planting to pruning peonies, here are the maintenance tips for the seasons.

Planting peony

It is recommended to plant your peony in autumn keeping a distance of 80 to 100 cm between each plant.

  • Planting in the fall allows the peony tobloom the following spring.

But for subjects bought in container you can plant until spring, outside of periods of frost or high heat and taking care to water more regularly the 1st year.

In order to enrich the earth, bring a organic amendment manure and algae type to stimulate flowering.

  • Prefer a sunny place but not too hot or partially shaded.
  • Peony likes well-drained soils and generally tolerates ordinary soils.
  • Follow our peony planting tips

You can also grow peony in pots.

Multiply the peonies:

The multiplication of peonies is done by division of the clump and takes place in the fall or early spring.

This gesture is recommended every 3 to 5 years to give a new youth to your plant.

Peony care

Pruning peonies, whether they are shrub or herbaceous, is not essential but it is said to contribute favorably to flowering!

Remove wilted flowers as you go, this will stimulate the appearance of new flowers.

Pruning tree peonies:

Prefer a soft pruning in the fall or at the end of winter, remove dead wood and the most fragile branches.

Size of herbaceous peonies:

The herbaceous peony normally disappears naturally from the first cold and reappears the following spring.

It is not necessary do not remove the foliage before it has wilted, because the peony needs it to build up its reserves for a new flowering.

  • To the late fall or early winter, you can permanently remove the faded leaves.
  • Put a mulch of dried leaves on top that will protect the roots from frost and fertilize the soil

Diseases of peonies:

- The verticillium: causes dieback of peonies.

- The thrips larvae (insects) and nematodes (worms): they are dangerous pests.

To know about the peony

This perennial that is herbaceous or shrubby, offers a beautiful and generous flowering throughout the spring.

The flowers are sometimes fragrant and form an absolutely beautiful upright and solitary ball.

We will plant the peony in massive perennials or shrubs, at foot of a hedge, but also in isolated in a nice corner of the garden.

  • Tree peonies have the disadvantage of growing much slower than herbaceous peonies.
  • Herbaceous peonies disappear completely in winter to bloom again more beautifully in spring while the tree peonies keep their branches in winter without exceeding 2 m in height.

Interesting varieties of peonies:

  • "Alba Plena": with double, white flowers.
  • "Rosea Plena": with double flowers, pink.
  • "Crimson Globe": with red flowers.
  • "James Crawford Weguelin": with large garnet flowers.
  • "Karl Rosenfield": with red flowers
  • “Bowl of Beauty” or “Boule de Beauté”: two-tone double flowers
  • Discover our selection of pink peonies

Smart tip

Peonies are quite fragile and need to be handled with care if you have to move them.

  • To read: all you need to know about peonies

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Video: Dividing Peonies in Spring Easy Way to Move Peonies (January 2022).