Peonie buds

purple-anemoneJune 16, 2011

Thank you - I find this forum helpful - my first year of gardening in Canada - come from South Africa where the plants are different and behave differently.

I read in a book by Jerry Bloom, that one should pinch out the leading buds of peonies in order to allow more buds to develop. Luckily I only tried this on some of the buds, because, where I pinched them out, the smaller buds died back (black). I also noticed that some other smaller buds did shrink away too on their own (without me pinching out the leading bud). Does anyone know why this happened and how to get all the buds to bloom in the future?

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smivies

I'd consider those instructions as fairly detrimental. The primary bud will always have the biggest flower. The secondary buds will always have smaller flowers or may not flower at all, regardless of the TLC bestowed. I think the potential is predetermined by the quantity of starches stored during the previous growing season and by the structure of the embryonic bud, also set during the previous growing season.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2011 at 6:09PM
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marricgardens

The only time I pinch buds on my peonies is when they send up a stalk with 3 buds. I always snip out the center bud to make room for the other two to flower. It also 'lightens the load' during a rainfall, and keeps the plant from drooping so badly.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 8:34AM
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ianna(Z5b)

I've never heard of pinching back buds. I have a young 3 year old peony which came up with a huge number of flowers this 3rd year. Thank goodness because I got this plant on those end of season type sales. it looked like it was dying.. so I took pity on it. Now it rewards me with a terrific spray of flowers. I also purchased a brand new peony as a root earlier this year. To my surprise it actually gave me a bud this year - and it's beautiful. I am looking foward to it's next show.
ianna

    Bookmark   June 17, 2011 at 9:58AM
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