How many peony blooms can I cut from 1 plant?

hvander(5B ON)June 18, 2013

I've read in several sources that when cutting a peony for cut flowers you should leave at least 1/3 of the plant. Does this mean 1/3 of the blooms or 1/3 of the foliage? I'm confused and don't want to miss out on potential blooms if the suggestion means 1/3 of the foliage. Thanks for any help that's offered!

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Pudge 2b

I believe it means the foliage. For several years I cut 90% of the blooms from my peonies but left as much foliage as possible. No detrimental effects.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 9:28PM
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qbush(6, NE MA)

I on the other hand never saw this advice, and have cut my peonys willfully for years. I have several Sarah Bernhardt, and a Maxima, both OLD, Well established shrubs. Neither have ever slowed down, just made more flowers the next year. (When I had to move a Sarah a couple feet, due to plumbing repairs, I did not cut as many blooms for the next couple years.)

The much newer single that I planted a mere 5 years ago makes far fewer flowers, and I usually cut just a couple.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 5:59PM
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