A 101 Care Guide to Keep your Peonies Growing and Blooming

Start the spring season with an alluring addition to your garden. If you give a little thought to planting peonies, they are a great spring flower to brighten your house and are perfect for mixing into flower arrangements. 

In this post, we will discuss proper peony care from the sun, changing temperature, water, and other conditions so that you can care for them it way they should be. We also state the types of peonies you can buy from our florist shop in Los Angeles, CA, to gift your loved ones on New Year 2022.

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The overview

Peonies are world-famous perennial flowers native to many countries. These elite flowers look best in any bouquet dating back to 1000 BC. By the eighth century, peonies reached Japan, which is the major cultivator of peonies today. In European countries, peonies are related to Greek culture and are highly used to produce medicines. Peony is also the state flower of Indiana. 

Types of peonies

This spring flower comes in distinct varieties; each has its own specialty. Three varietals of peonies are available for designer flower arrangements, namely herbaceous, tree, and Itoh – Herbaceous being the most commonly used by florists in Beverly Hills.

How to care for peonies

1. Sunlight – Undoubtedly, peonies do well in the sun – around seven to eight hours a day. However, since peonies with big flowers can turn top-heavy, you have to ensure they get enough sunlight but are protected from strong winds to prevent breakage. 

2. Temperature – During winters, the peonies bud wait to bloom well in the spring season. But winters are not even harsh on them; they can easily survive in this weather. Normally, peonies require three weeks of nighttime coolness (around 32°F) to initiate blooms. To achieve this, it is best to grow peonies in mid-fall, a few days before the ground freezes, to enhance the growing phase.


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3. Water: To make sure your peonies are blooming well in the spring, water is a big “Yay Yay” if there is no rainfall for more than two weeks. Water them twice a week, offering enough to moisten the top three to five inches of soil, but don’t go overboard because it might ruin their growth. 

4. Pests – Thrips are the pests that love peonies, and they can ruin it completely if you don’t pay much attention. These insects target the water of the plant cells located in the buds and leaves of the flower, leading to discolored foliage. You can spray peonies with insecticides or neem oil to make sure no thrips are left alive to ruin the plant. 

5. Propagation: Autumn is the right season to propagate your peonies by division. Shape the foliage with a cutter and plant it back with garden foliage. Lower down the soil quantity as possible and use a knife to reshape the crown. Make sure each section has at least three buds and tons of roots.

Common problems – one of the most common diseases any peony can suffer from is botrytis blight (usually not common in Beverly Hills Flower Gallery), known as gray mold. This disease usually occurs in the rainy season and can cause peonies’ buds covered in brown fungal spores.

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