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How to Care for Peonies Right After They've Bloomed

Peonies are such a beauty in mid-spring! After they've finished blooming, there is a simple tip to help them be on their way to creating gorgeous blooms again next year. Deadhead spent blooms by pruning the flower back to the first set of leaves (the first set of leaves closest to the bloom). Do this on each bloom.


More tips for caring for your Peonies:

  • You will not truly prune this shrub until late fall (at which point you can cut it back to about an inch off the ground).  

  • Fertilize with a general-purpose, slow-release fertilizer in early spring when you begin to see small shoots come out of the ground (bone meal is also an excellent option), and in fall with a fresh layer of compost (do not add the general-purpose, slow-release fertilizer at this time).  

  • Add fresh mulch around your Peonies in early spring if you haven't added mulch in a year or more.  

  • If your Peony didn't bloom this year, it could be for a few reasons, such as being a young plant (it takes 3-4 years for a Peony to bloom in the ground in a new location) or planted too deeply (Peonies need to be planted shallow with their crown planted no more than 2 inches from the surface of the soil). Reach out to us with questions and we're happy to help.

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