Answer: Peonies are plants that demand deadheading. Cut the blossoms off as they fade to keep the petals from damaging the leaves and to prevent seed pods from forming. This will encourage additional blooms. As I deadhead my peonies, I trim harder than I have to, taking off as much as a third of the foliage and shaping each plant. This makes for thick, sturdy stems; late rains won't make the plants flop over.
Just keep cutting off those dead flowers and you'll see your peony produce even more flowers this summer. Enjoy!
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