Peonies forum: Peonies in Vases

Views: 660, Replies: 16 » Jump to the end
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
May 25, 2017 4:11 PM CST
We had rain almost everyday within the last week. I cut many of the doubles for indoors as these tend to flop. The doubles make such wonderful bouquets. They lasted pretty well after I put them in fridge. Here they are on second day.

Mostly pinks and blush
Thumb of 2017-05-25/kousa/ee7301

Duchess de Nemours
Thumb of 2017-05-25/kousa/be831e

Mix of everything
Thumb of 2017-05-25/kousa/893a4b

Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Peonies
Image
huang049
May 25, 2017 6:36 PM CST
That's beautiful! Karen I really love the Duchess de Nemours in the vase, thanks for sharing.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
LizinElizabeth
May 25, 2017 6:53 PM CST
Do they smell as great as they look, Karen?
LizB
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
Image
anyagoro
May 25, 2017 8:16 PM CST
Karen, beautiful bouquets! Singles also look pretty!
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
May 26, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Thanks. This year I have too many peonies blooming and opening at once. I have cut some and give them to friends and family but still have many more left. I have cut a few and store them in the fridge. WIll see how they open when i take them out later. I have found that some varieties and the doubles store better than others.
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Peonies Roses Clematis Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Bee Lover
Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: Canadian Permaculture Garden Ideas: Level 2
Image
Jasmin
May 26, 2017 9:17 PM CST
Karen, beautiful, just beautiful. I like your "mix if everything", particularly those two big single flowers.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."~Albert Einstein
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
Image
Mieko2
May 27, 2017 10:14 AM CST
That's the way to enjoy them, Karen. They will be gone before you know it, and you can enjoy the photos you took.
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Image
alilyfan
Jun 3, 2017 5:37 AM CST
Beautiful! I always mean to cut them, I think I enjoy them so much in the garden I forget to bring them in where I can enjoy all day D'Oh!
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
LizinElizabeth
Jun 4, 2017 7:14 AM CST
They last much longer cut as well so you can enjoy them longer!
LizB
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Tomato Heads Pollen collector Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Cat Lover
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Seed Starter Region: Wisconsin
Image
magnolialover
Jun 4, 2017 7:29 AM CST

Moderator

I have made a point to cut a few fragrant ones and bring them in. We have a nice wall vase that begs for them. With the early season rain excess it has been nice "saving them" from the downpours as well.
Tracey
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jun 4, 2017 8:36 AM CST
So you think if you put them in the fridge they will last longer. but how can you enjoy them in the refrigerator. And my fridge wouldn't hold a bouquet in a vase.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
Bulbs Region: Canadian Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
CarolineScott
Jun 5, 2017 8:13 AM CST
We gardeners really need two frigs---one for food and one for gardening!
Someday I am going to get another one.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
Jun 5, 2017 9:09 AM CST
Mary, you may not have to put them in the fridge prior to putting them out because Alaska probably has cooler mornings or days than us down here. I put them in the fridge for a few hours if I cut them on hot mornings or days. (We had a few days that were in mid 80's) This way, the peonies don't look too wilted and keep fresh longer. I don't put the peonies in the fridge if I cut them during cool periods.

Caroline, I agree. It is nice to have a second fridge for sure. If you have too many peonies (esp. the doubles) open in hot and/or rainy weather, it is best to cut them and store them for later use as cut flowers indoors. Otherwise they will just flop and ruin the flowers.

Elsa Sass
Thumb of 2017-06-05/kousa/00e3f7

Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
Jun 5, 2017 9:28 AM CST
Well, here is Elsa Sass in vase - looking better in the vase than down on the ground. Smiling Smiling

Thumb of 2017-06-05/kousa/8ab77a

Thumb of 2017-06-05/kousa/419aa5

Thumb of 2017-06-05/kousa/42da4c


Moon River
Thumb of 2017-06-05/kousa/452a4a

and NOID pink in the same vase
Thumb of 2017-06-05/kousa/6f467f


Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
Image
AlexUnder
Jun 5, 2017 10:12 AM CST
I love those pinks, Karen. Waiting for the year I could start cutting flowers from my plants, but I guess I am greedy because I will continue dividing the one I like most every 3-4 years and get rid of the ones which are inferior. Well, may be not Itohs, but they are not vase material as I've heard.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
Image
anyagoro
Jun 5, 2017 2:27 PM CST
Oberon46 said:So you think if you put them in the fridge they will last longer. but how can you enjoy them in the refrigerator. And my fridge wouldn't hold a bouquet in a vase.

Mary, UAF had a research and they figured out that cutting peony stems with buds in a marshmallow stage (almost opening) and putting them in a fridge (+2 - +4 C) without water or anything (just stems) for 24 hours extends the vase life of a peony for a few days.

Similar information is here
http://www.finagardenspeonies....
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
Image
anyagoro
Jun 11, 2017 10:42 PM CST
UAF study from 2010 (I don't know who posted this):
I have attached a copy of a poster my students and I completed a few years ago. We have received a lot of interest in handling practices after flowers are cut. This experiment was designed to help understand best practices. The biggest factor is cold storage. A huge challenge for growers is maintaining consistent and cold temperatures after cutting. Fluctuations even from people walking in and and of the cooler can cause moisture condensation on the flowers, Botrytis growth, and a shorter vase life.

https://alaskapeony.wordpress....

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Peonies forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by bootandall and is called "Aphids on swan plant"