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How many peony blooms can I cut from 1 plant?

Posted by hvander 5B ON (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 10:30

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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RE: How many peony blooms can I cut from 1 plant?

  • Posted by pudge 2/3 Sask (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 21:28

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.

RE: How many peony blooms can I cut from 1 plant?

  • Posted by QBush 6, NE MA (My Page) on
    Wed, Jul 17, 13 at 17:59

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.

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