peony's for a late June wedding

carol26March 14, 2010

my son is getting married on June 26th in central PA. I have peonys that tend to bloom in late May. Is there any way to delay their blooming, other that the luck of mother nature?

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suel41452

I don't think you can keep the plant from blooming when it wants, but I've read you can store buds in the refrigerator and keep them several weeks. There are instructions in this link on how to store buds:

http://www.pendletons.com/peonies.html

I've never tried this myself, but I think I'll give it a whirl this year. Peony season is way too short!!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2010 at 5:51PM
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suel41452

Here's another good description of the same process at this link -scroll down to "Bossing the Blooms"

http://annieinaustin.blogspot.com/2007/05/bossing-blooms.html

This lady says the blooms need to be out of the refrigerator 24-36 hours prior to when they're needed.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2010 at 6:00PM
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susie-nc

Martha Stewart had a great show on about this peony storage you are asking about, its on her web page.......how it was done seems easy....

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 12:04PM
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