Double Peonies are Double the Pleasure

Double the pleasure, double the fun! If you love peonies, you are going to love double peonies twice as much! Peonies are classified by their flower form. Some types of peonies have a single ring of petals, while other types have multiple rows of petals. If you’ve ever wanted to grow peonies, I’m sharing my tips on how to grow double peonies … or any peonies for that matter so you too can be rewarded with armloads of peonies every spring!

How to Grow Double Peonies

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There are three types of peonies: herbaceous, tree and intersectional (or Ioth) which are a cross between herbaceous and tree peonies. The most common type, and the type that I grow, are herbaceous. You can buy bare root peonies online where you’ll find the best selection but you probably won’t see any blooms for up to three years! Peonies can be planted in early spring or fall.

Because I prefer instant gratification, I like planting peonies that come in two gallon containers because I know I’ll get blooms the same year. I planted these peonies about six years ago and these three bushes reward me with armloads of flowers every year. Make sure to use a peony support ring or your peonies will flop all over the place!

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Peony growing tips and when to cut buds for the best blooms

I wrote an entire post with all of my tips and tricks for growing peonies! You can read all about it by clicking on the link below …

Read My How to Grow Peonies Post Here

Peony growing tips - this marshmallow stage of the peony bud is the best time to cut peonies

NEVER cut all of the peonies from the bush because it needs some flowers to store energy for next year’s blooms. If you want to cut blooms to bring inside, aim to keep at least 1/3 of the flowers on the plant.

I like cutting blooms when they are in the “marshmallow” stage as you can see from the photo above. Give it a squeeze and it will be soft like a marshmallow. Be careful not to cut the buds when they are small and hard or they may not open.

Gorgeous freshly cut peony flowers in a basket

Ants love nibbling on peony sap so be sure to hold flowers upside down and gently shake the blooms before bringing inside to get rid of any hitchhikers! Another way to make sure no ants are hiding within the peonies is to submerge the flowers in water before you bring them inside.

Gorgeous double peonies freshly cut from the garden

You can see the sticky sap that the ants love on the peony bud in the pic below.

Gorgeous double peony bloom

There really is nothing better than a big bouquet of freshly cut peonies from my garden and it’s something I look forward to all year long.

How to Grow Double Peonies - this arrangement is stunning!

The bread box is filled with huge double peonies and unfortunately I don’t know the name of them. The white vase below if filled with Sarah Bernhardt peonies.

Gorgeous pink peonies

Unfortunately,  not everyone can grow peonies if they live in an area that doesn’t get cold winter temperatures.

If you can grow them and haven’t yet, I encourage you to do so because once planted, peonies are very low maintenance.

Can’t get enough peonies …

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  1. I love them! My cousin and auntie just gave me a beautiful bouquet. It is such a joy to have them and watch them open up! Yours are gorgeous and I know that you can relate to the beauty as well! Thank you for your wonderful posts!

  2. I have these double peonies as well, they were planted at my home in the 70s or earlier, as my neighbor the previous homeowner can attest. She didn’t know the name either.
    I had various colors and types at my former home which the new homeowners are thrilled about…sigh, if only I’d time to divide them before moving. Great tips, which I forward to other gardeners in spring and fall.

    1. There is nothing like home grown peonies Joanne! Yours sound lovely! I left a bunch of peonies at my old house and I wish I would have brought them with me!

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