How to Sprout Peony Seeds


Native to China, peony flowers are seen in many gardens all over the world and for good reason. Peonies are lovely and easy to care for. You can start peonies from seed, but you will have to sprout the seeds first. Although growing peonies from seed is simple, it does take a lot of patience, as sprouting peony seeds can take nearly a year.

Step 1

Collect the peony seeds after the peony seed pod has dried and opened on the plant.

Step 2

Place the seeds in a plastic bag with a mixture of damp vermiculite. Close the bag.

Step 3

Place the bag in a warm spot out of direct sunlight with a temperature between 80 and 90 degrees F. This will allow the seeds to sprout roots. Keep the seed moist until the root sprouts. This can take several weeks to months.

Step 4

Place the bag in a cool place with a temperature of about 40 degrees F after the roots have sprouted. Leave the peony seeds in the cool area for two to three months until a green leaf sprout appears.

Step 5

Plant the peony sprouts in your garden or a pot after the leaf sprout appears.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant the peony seed in the garden before the leaf sprout appears or the plant may not grow at all.

Things You'll Need

  • Vermiculite
  • Plastic bag


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  • Germinating Peony Seeds
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Who Can Help

  • Growing Peonies from Seeds
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.