The Q&A Archives: Non Flowering Peonys

Question: I received peonys (red, white & pink) as gifts from dividing
plants from someone else about 4 to 5 years ago. I have had only 2 blooms on the white one and none on any of the others. Last year I tried lifting them (thinking I planted them too deep) and still only got 2 blooms on the white one this year. I haver them planted where they receive about 6 hours of sun a day. What is the problem and what do you suggest I do to get them to bloom. Thank you.

Answer: Unfortunately, planting them too deep can cause peonies not to bloom, but transplanting or resetting them can cause them to take a year or two to readjust and begin blooming, too. The smaller the initial plant, the longer it will take to build strength to bloom as well. Peonies really do best in full sun all day, but if your six hours of sun include the hour of noon that should be enough for them to bloom, although less than full sun can slow their growth. Other problems might be competing tree roots or possibly low fertility. You might give them a complete fertilizer early each spring along with a top dressing of compost and see if that helps them grow a bit faster.

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