Non Blooming Peonies - Knowledgebase Question

Salisbury, MD
Question by mflinnwh
January 19, 1998
Our peony plants come up, get nice and green, and will bud. Then nothing happens. They will not bloom. I know we are doing something wrong, but haven't been able to figure out what, and nobody around here has been able to help us.


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Answer from NGA
January 19, 1998

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You don't mention how old these peonies are...sometimes it takes them a few years to start blooming well. If your peonies are older plantings your problem could be too much heat or shade, excessive moisture/drought, or a fertilizer problem. Full sun is generally best but partial shade is tolerated. Peonies like soil that is well drained but never dries out completely. Are you fertilizing at all? If so, your fertilizer could be too high in nitrogen (or you are applying to often and nitrogen is building up) which results in a lot of vegetative growth but little to no flowering. To try for more bloom, fertilize the peonies with a fertilizer such as a 5-10-10 in the early spring and again after flowering (if it occurs). Scratching a bit of bonemeal into the soil around the perimeter of the peonies and working it in would also be beneficial.

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