Peony Questions???

jackz411July 4, 2007

I have 5 peony bushes about 12 years old and they now grow about 3 ft high and wide and produce about 2 dozen lovely flowers per plant.

1. After they bloom and the flowers are gone: What difference is it if I cut it back or if I let the green foliage continue growing? I like a more compact bush for the following year.

2. Each plant has maybe 20 stalks coming out of the ground: When and how is the best way to divide them?

Thanks, JK

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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Peonies are quite attractive during the summer after the bloom is gone. If you want a smaller plant or a more shapely one, trim it to suit. You will take away some of the energy being stored in the roots for next year, but I think it will not matter. Next year your plants will grow as large as they did this year. If you want to divide it is better to wait until fall and the cooling weather. Al

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