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cut off ... or not cut off?

Posted by vieja z7NM (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 7, 08 at 13:26

I'm so glad to finally have peonies growing (25 of them!)as they are my VERY favorite. Sadly, the fragrance here in the dry SW isn't the best though. I was wondering if the dead/dried flowers should be left on the plants or snipped off? It has been many years since I lived in Iowa & don't remember how they were treated then.

Also, when does one know when to divide the plants? I remember my grandmother's must have been over 50 yrs. old & don't recall seeing her ever divide them. She always discarded the dishwater on the peony beds also!

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RE: cut off ... or not cut off?

I like to remove the spent blooms and prevent seed being produced. Dividing is not required in most cases. When I feel they are getting crowded and or are restricting air circulation I will dig a plant and divide it before replanting. Sometimes a plant gets too deep where blooming is affected and I will dig it to replant higher in the soil. Al

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