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How many Peonies to cut?

Posted by marb MA (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 11, 08 at 10:50

I recently moved into a house that has many wonderful Peonies (I've stopped counting at 50!) and now know a fair amount about their care. I have not, however, run across any info about how many flowers can be cut from a single plant without harming it's next year's production. Does any cutting hurt the plant? Is there an optimal amount that should be cut? If anyone knows I would be most appreciative....

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RE: How many Peonies to cut?

  • Posted by pudge 2/3 Sask (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 13, 08 at 18:26

I cut mine heavy, leaving only a few for myself. All of my peonies, however, have quite long stems that don't require me to take more than one set of leaves. I believe it's the foliage and not the blooms that's required for further flower production. Having said that, my peonies can reach 4' in height and I've pruned them down a bit after blooming. Cutting the flowers or pruning the foliage has never hurt the next year's blooms. The plants continue to expand and grow larger. I have 3 plants of an unknown variety, each in the ground about 10 years, and each has in excess of 100 buds forming.

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