About Peonies

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Peonies require full, hot sun and cold winters to bloom, so planting the root far away from the house in clusters of three for five will create ample blooms. Grow peonies, which make great cut flowers, with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk all about peonies. Now, peonies are a beautiful flower that blooms late spring. And one of the highlights of my garden, cause they bloom in between the tulips and the daffodils in the early spring, and before my lilies in the summer, and so they're a great in between plant. And they start just by a root or a tuber. And so, it's a root stalk, and they have little eyes all over them. So, you plant those, only one to two inches deep. You do not want to plant them too deeply, cause they won't bloom. And they need full, hot, sun and cold winters. I have found that the colder the winter, the more blooms that I get on my peonies. If you live in a really warm climate, it's really hard to get blooms on them. So, the colder the climate, the better they do. So, don't plant them next to the eave, put them further away from the house, where they're going to get a little fuller. And make sure to give them enough room, because the roots will expand, and they will come up and bloom beautifully. And they will fall over, if they get top heavy, if there's not enough sun. So, give them as much sun as you can, cause they really like the hot heat. They make a great cut flower too. You can cut them, and keep them in a vase for a couple weeks. And, they're a great plant to have in your garden. And even through the fall, the foliage is really fern like and beautiful, and it will turn a nice red to bronze colors through the fall. So they add to the fall colors, too, even when they're not blooming. So, they'll come back year to year to year, and the only problem with them is that they don't always bloom the first year. Sometimes they take two, three, four years to really get blooming. So, I like to start with at least one large clump or at least three or five, and put them together, so that they're really crowded. Cause they'll bloom better if they're crowded. And when you divide them out, or dig out a plant that's been at one place for a long time, sometimes it takes them again, a couple years to establish themselves, and bloom again. They really need a good root system. So try not to, to damage the roots or keep 'em really solid if you're ever moving them. And the best time to move 'em is when they're not blooming. So, either in the fall or in the middle of winter, or early spring. The peonies are a great addition to your flower garden.