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Buds on new peony not growing

Posted by summerstar Z7VA (My Page) on
Thu, May 6, 10 at 18:02

I planted three peonies last fall and all grew flower buds this spring. One peony has grown quite a few stems, but the buds aren't getting bigger. We were really careful to plant them no more than 2 inches below the surface. One of the peonies has flowers now opening even after an incident of it catching some drift from a weed killer. I took the buds off a second plant that caught the weed killer so the plant would put its strength into defeating the spray.

What do you suppose the problem with the buds not growing on the third plant? Could this be typical of the first spring for new plants? This peony didn't catch any weed spray drift.

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RE: Buds on new peony not growing

Occasionally I have had a first year planted peony make buds which never grew and soon fell off. My assumption was roots were not yet well enough established to feed the buds, but that is only a guess. The next year blooming was normal. Al

RE: Buds on new peony not growing

Thanks for replying back. I feel less concerned now as your thoughts are very logical. The plant sent up about six stems and lots of leaves and that seems like a lot of work for a young peony. I know I'll be checking it out next spring, hoping for buds! Lord willin'.

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