It’s peony season and one of my favourite times of the year! It is such a short amount of time that these big beautifies bloom, so you want to be sure you are doing the right steps to keep them blooming for the longest amount of time possible. Below are a few of the tips that I like to use and have found have worked well over the years along with some of my favourite peonies pictures from this season.
1. Peonies are totally affected by heat and warmth. At night time, place them in the fridge, or outside, if it’s cooler, to keep them from opening more overnight.
2. If you are buying them from a florist make sure to ask for a few extra packets of plant food. If you are cutting your own or you don’t have plant food, you can add a bit of sugar to your water.
3. Replace the water every day or two. The cleaner the water the less likely for the flowers to suck up sedement. You may notice the water getting a bit brown even after a day
4. As it goes for most all flowers, use a very sharp paring knife and cut the stems at an angle, under water. Do this every other day as it will allow for the flower to absorb more water and insure that the flower doesn’t get a base blockage.
5. Always use cold water when filling the vase for the flowers, unless you need them to open for a photo shoot or some other event quickly. Warm water will open the blooms faster.