The Q&A Archives: Caring for Peony

Question: Three years ago I planted a peony bulb. It finally came up and bloomed beautifully last summer. Now that the winter is over, and I am left with a brown plant, do I trim it back or remove the entirely down to the ground. If I trim back, how far? Thank you! Elizabeth Davala Princeton, NJ

Answer: Peonies are perennial plants. I'm glad you got yours to flower for you. once the flowers are dead, remove the flower stalks. Leave the foliage to grow all season until fall, then after it dies, remove it to the ground. This will prevent any insects and diseases from over wintering on the foliage and attacking your plant next year. Enjoy those flowers

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