Plant a peony today! Every garden needs a peony bush and if you are lucky enough to live in an area where peonies thrive, there is no better time like the present! I’m sharing my tips on how to get instant peony gratification and how to keep them looking their best with peony supports. Ever wonder why your peonies won’t stand upright and flop onto the ground? Get my peony growing tips and learn all about peony rings plus tips on making them thrive!
I look forward to peony season more than I anticipate a new season of Outlander, a new pair of shoes or a frosty cold margarita (well almost). For those of you who live in areas where peonies won’t bloom, you have my sympathies.
If you’ve always wanted to grow peonies, start with this post …
How to Grow Peonies
(it’s got all my tips for making sure you have peony success)
Why are My Peonies Falling Over?
If peonies don’t have support, the big blooms will cause them to flop onto the ground and they won’t last long. Also, rain likes to batter peonies into the ground which is yet another reason to support them.
In early spring, when peony shoots begin to pop through the ground, I make sure to get my peony support rings into the ground so my peonies will have a shoulder to lean on when the weight from their giant blooms begin to emerge.
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The peonies will quickly grow through the supports and stay standing upright.
I like these Peony Support Rings
When the peony starts to bloom, the support ring will be hidden in the foliage.
I planted three pale pink Sarah Bernhardt peonies years ago and they have been rewarding me with armloads of peonies ever since.
This year, I am so excited to add another peony, this one a gorgeous hot pink color … Edulis Superba.
To get peony blooms the spring that you plant them, I prefer buying peonies in containers instead of bare root peonies which take years to bloom.
Find a sunny spot in your yard, and plant a peony!
What Size Peony Support?
There are many types of supports but I like peony grids. They come in a few different sizes so choose the one right for your size shrub.
The diameter of your cages should be larger than the diameter of the peony rootball.
If the support is too small, you could damage the peony roots when trying to push the cage legs into the ground.
Once your peonies blooms, you will barely see the green support wires.
Peony Care Tips
Peonies are meant for cutting so don’t be afraid to clip them and bring them inside using a clean, sharp pair of shears (these are my favorite pruning shears).
Make sure to remove peonies from the bush when they die (they will turn brown).
When your peony bush is done blooming and you’ve removed all the dead flowers, leave it alone until fall.
Cut your peony down to the ground in late fall or after frost has killed the leaves (don’t cut it down in the spring or summer or it may not bloom next spring)!
I like to store my peony supports in the garage until next spring.
So plant a today for yourself or for a friend or family member. It would make a unique Mother’s Day gift!