Herbaceous peony Pruning

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Herbaceous peonies are a long lived perennial. Herbaceous means that the plant dies down to the ground in autumn. It is also interesting that herbaceous peonies form the buds for the next season underground. Buds are formed at the crown of the plant--this is why they are so hardy in northern climates. Reasons to prune herbaceous peonies are to cut away any broken stems, remove spent blooms, remove diseased buds or stems, and prepare the plants for winter.

Step 1

Check for broken stems. Prune the broken stem or stems and deposit the plant material in your compost bin.

Step 2

Deadhead the spent blooms by cutting them off of the stems with your hand pruning shears. You can then place the spent blooms in your compost bin.

Step 3

Prune away any infected/diseased spent blossoms, buds, leaves, and stems. Do not deposit the diseased plant material in your compost bin. Be sure to disinfect your hand pruning shears. To disinfect dip them in a 10 percent bleach solution or spray them with a 70 percent alcohol solution.

Step 4

Cut the plant down to ground level after the first hard frost. You may then add/mix organic compost to the top 1 to 2 inches of soil around the plant. Do not put the compost directly on top of the plant. Peonies grow well in organically rich soil.

Step 5

Cover the plant bed with mulch. Mulching materials include leaves, which are readily available in the fall, straw, hay, or evergreen boughs.

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Peony farm in San Jose

2006-06-06 13:38:33 by 4peonies

If you live in the bay area, I grow over 120 varieties of herbaceous and tree peonies and they can be purchased in 5 gallon containers all year round at the farm. The roots are 2-4 years old. They can also be mail ordered if out of the bay area and shipped in the fall. Visit my web site 4irises.com and see the varieties that I grow. Visitors are always welcome and the peonies are in full bloom right now.


Peonies in pots

2006-06-06 13:30:48 by 4peonies

Peonies can very well be planted in pots but do need full sun except tree peonies that could do with part sun. Peonies can bloom in the bay area very well if planted with the top eyes at the surface level. The main reason that peonies fail to bloom is that they are planted too deeply. I grow over 120 varieties of tree and herbaceous peonies in San Jose. I sell them with at least 5 eyes in 5 gallon containers all year round. See my web site 4irises.com


Peonies from Costco?

2005-01-15 20:53:46 by greedynot

I have not been able to get herbaceous peonies to bloom. Its just not cold enough in much of the area. Where are you in the Bay Area? This is an exceptionally cold year and I am hoping again! You can try the tree peony or herbceous peonies with blooms on them in the spring. But I doubt if you can get the herbaceous ones to bloom the following year though.
Btw, its good to plant the dormant plants and allow the roots to grow before the top does. Maybe March would be a good time. But don't plant if its too wet.


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