The Q&A Archives: No Buds On Peony

Question: I purchased a Monrovia peony. The foliage is lush, but no flower buds have appeared.

Answer: Peonies dislike having their roots disturbed and can take three or more years to begin blooming, especially if the growing conditions are less than ideal. 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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