Peonies - Petal Drop - Knowledgebase Question

Bethesda, MD
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Question by jkarlin
March 29, 2001
Last spring, my peonies grew many flowers, but most of their petals dropped immediately after blooming. How can I prevent this from happening again?

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2001
Peonies flower for only a short while and then the petals just do fall naturally as the blooms shatter. Staking may help them hold up a little better. A heavy rain storm or unusually hot weather can make them fall off a little faster, but there is nothing you can do to prevent it. That is part of their charm.

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