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May 23, 2018 9:03 PM CST
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Hi peony lovers.

I have a few quick questions. One of my peonies, a second-season Henry Bockstoce has only one bud on it and it's very small. The plant itself is growing well, but the bud doesn't seem to be progressing. I'm wondering if I should pinch it off to better support establishment of the root?
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On one of the others, a Bowl of Beauty (also second season), I have several buds that have a bunch of ants on them! Is that normal? Should I do something?

Same peony has several tiny, tiny buds near each larger bud. Should I pinch those off or leave them be?


Thank You! in advance for your guidance. These are my first-ever peonies so I'm still learning and very appreciative of all the help I'm getting here.
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May 24, 2018 5:13 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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On pinching off the Bockstoce, probably does not matter. It might be more interesting to see if it blooms. I usually cut off spent blooms so the plant does not waste energy developing seeds.

Ants are normal on peony buds and they do no harm.

The tiny buds near the larger buds are called side-buds. If you leave them on, they will blooms after the main bud and possibly extend your peony bloom season. On the other hand, if you pinch them off the main bud may develop into a larger bloom. This is often done if you are "showing" the bloom in competition.
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May 24, 2018 7:39 AM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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Thank You! Frank!
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May 24, 2018 10:19 AM CST
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Name: LG
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I agree with Frank. Plus, my Henry Bockstoce has not bloomed in two years because of the late freezes.
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May 24, 2018 10:25 AM CST
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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Mieko2 said:I agree with Frank. Plus, my Henry Bockstoce has not bloomed in two years because of the late freezes.



Those late freezes can be devastating. Maybe this year?
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