Peony

Paeonia spp.

Pivoine

Peonies like cold. The colder the climate, the better they grow.

Some peonies have been known to thrive for 100 years. Their petals are also edible in salads or used as a garnish for lemonade.


Peonies do not like competing for food so plant with enough space between other flowers. They do not like being transplanted, so choose your location caredfully. They prefer full sun, at least 6 to 8 hours a day. Shelter from strong winds (use stakes if needed). You will sometimes find ants crawling on your peonies, but they are in fact good for the flower, as they are just eating the peony’s nectar in exchange for attacking bud-eating pests.

Its natural habitat is, Colder climates..

Peonies are a wonderful, lush addition to any garden. With their gigantic blooms and delicate greenery, they are certainly a feast for the eyes. There are 36 types of peonies.

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Planting Paeonia spp.

Fall is the best time to plant peonies about 6 weeks before the ground freezes. Dig a hole about 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide. If the soil is sandy or rough, add extra compost or organic material to enrich it. Place the roots just 2 inches below the soil.

Caring for Peony

Young peonies take a few years to develop. Work the soil well before you plant. The stems are their weak spots due to oversized blooms, so if needed, ensure you use metal peony rings or wire tomato cages to help support.

It is happiest in Deep, fertile, humus-rich, moist soil that drains well.

In terms of water, Peony needs Water thoroughly when planting.

Other

Although peonies are very hardy plants, they can be susceptible to Verticillium wilt, Ringspot virus, Tip blight, Stem rot, Botrytis blight, Leaf blotch, Japanese beetles or Nematodes.

Peonies are said to symbolize a happy life and a happy marriage. The peony originated in China.