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Name: Michelle
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Mizshelli
Aug 1, 2017 1:05 PM CST
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I have white peonies that bloom and get huge every year. This year, they have grown pods on the ends of the stems, and I read somewhere that I should cut the stems down in the fall. Now, one of my large asiatic lilies had these pods and we cut them off and the lily didn't bloom this year. Before I go whacking at the overgrown peonies, are these pods for next years blooms? I do want to cut the plants back, they are flopping all over the place and I have stuff I need to plant and I need to till another 3' around the garden to put all the stuff. I just don't want to stop the blooming, they are gorgeous.
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Aug 1, 2017 1:16 PM CST
They are seed pods on the peonies, they look like a court jesters hat. No you will not be cutting next years blooms. I cut my peonies down after the frost has hit them.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Aug 2, 2017 6:36 AM CST
What RJ said. The seed pods can safely be removed. It won't hurt your plant and may help it. Instead of putting its energy into the seeds, it will use that energy to lay better roots.

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