The Q&A Archives: Peony Doesn't Bloom

Question: My neighbor planted peony last year and they have beautiful flowers now. I planted my peony two years ago. It never bloomed. Not even a single bud. Did I do anything wrong? Did I use wrong fertilizer or I fertilize at the wrong time?

Answer: Some peony plants take 2 or 3 years to bloom. A common problem is planting too deep--the crowns should be no deeper than 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Peonies need at least 6 hours of sunlight to bloom. Use a fertilizer high in phosphorus, which promotes bloom, such as 15-30-15. Bone meal is an organic source of phosphorus. Apply in spring just as new growth starts. I hope this info helps.

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