Peonies Flop Over - Knowledgebase Question

Arcade, NY
Question by dscott3022
June 20, 2000
My peonies always flop over. If I pinched the plants back early in the spring, would that help to keep them more compact, as it does with my mums and petunias? Would it affect the blossoming?

Answer from NGA
June 20, 2000


Peonies should not be pinched as this would destroy the flower buds. Instead, stake or otherwise support the plant to keep the flower stalks from flopping over. To do this, you can use a special "peony ring," or you can set stakes around the perimeter of the plant and run string around and among the stakes, spider web style. Another method is to set a hoop of chicken wire (or other larger wire mesh) over the plant in late winter. It will grow up through the wire, and the flower stems will be supported.

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