peonies - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by janicemarucc
July 3, 2010
how to take care of when will they bloom? just planted from bulb this year


Answer from NGA
July 3, 2010
Peonies are long-lived plants, so it pays to prepare the soil well before planting. Dig a hole 12" to 14" deep and amend the soil with compost and half a handful of balanced fertilizer. Place the peony tuber with the red colored buds (called "eyes") facing up. The eyes should be no more than 2" to 3" beneath the soil surface. Cover the tubers and water well. Peonies should be spaced 18" to 24" apart.

They grow and flower best in full sunshine and need to be watered regularly throughout the growing season. Feed your peonies each spring with a balanced fertilizer. Sprinkle half a handful of fertilizer around the base of the plant and work it gently into the soil.

Peonies bloom in the late spring or early summer and make excellent cut flowers. Or you can enjoy the flowers in the garden. When the flowers are spent cut them from the plant but allow the foliage to remain until it is killed back by frost. When it turns black after the first frost cut it away and then mulch over the top of the soil to protect the crowns of the plants. In the spring they will sprout again and you can rake away the mulch. Enjoy your new peonies.

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