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How to Grow Peonies: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Gregory
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How to Grow Peonies

Peonies are beautiful flowers that are easy to grow. They come in a variety of colors and bloom in the spring. Here are some tips on how to grow peonies:

Where to Grow Peonies

Peonies need full sun and well-drained soil. They prefer a neutral or slightly alkaline soil. Avoid planting peonies in a waterlogged soil.

Planting Peonies

Bare-root peony plants should be planted as soon as they arrive. Peonies are best planted in autumn or spring. Ensure you don’t plant them too deeply, as this will yield poor results. Mix in plenty of well-rotted organic matter before planting. Apply a balanced fertiliser in spring.

Care of Peonies

Water peonies regularly, especially during the hot summer months. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. Fertilize peonies in the spring.

Herbaceous peonies should be cut back hard in autumn to ground level. Tree peonies do not need pruning. All you need to do is remove the faded seed heads in autumn.

Common Problems

The most common problem with peonies is peony wilt. This is a fungus that causes the stems to rot. It’s best to avoid planting peonies too closely together. Remove any leaves with dark spots on them as this will help to reduce the spread of the fungus.

Great Peonies to Grow

Here are a few popular peony varieties:

  • Paeonia lactiflora Angel Cheeks
  • Paeonia Bowl of Beauty
  • Paeonia Sarah Bernhardt
  • Paeonia Mrs William Kelway
  • Paeonia Souvenir de Maxine Cornu

By following these tips, you can grow beautiful peonies in your garden.

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