Peony blooms - Knowledgebase Question

smyrna, GA
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Question by n369
June 7, 2007
How many times will a peony bloom? Mine has already produced beautiful flowers once but that is all. I did not pull off the dead flowers and there seems to be more buds or am I just seeing the old blooms. Please give me a little direction on what to do to produce more flowers, I only have 1 plant.

Answer from NGA
June 7, 2007
Peonies are plants that demand deadheading. Cut the blossoms off as they fade to keep the petals from damaging the leaves and to prevent seed pods from forming. This will encourage additional blooms. As I deadhead my peonies, I trim harder than I have to, taking off as much as a third of the foliage and shaping each plant. This makes for thick, sturdy stems; late rains won't make the plants flop over.

Just keep cutting off those dead flowers and you'll see your peony produce even more flowers this summer. Enjoy!

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