No Buds On Peony - Knowledgebase Question

Campbell, CA
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Question by spididi
May 28, 2002
I purchased a Monrovia peony. The foliage is lush, but no flower buds have appeared.

Answer from NGA
May 28, 2002
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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