When is the best time to dig up and move my peonies?
Early fall is a good time to dig up or transplant peonies.
My peony bushes have 'rust spots' on the leaves and stems. What causes this, and how do I prevent and get rid of this?
It's actually most likely a fungus called rust. This article will help you:
I planted many double peonies in my front yard years ago, and most of them are blooming year after year, but three of the white ones and pink ones are not blooming in recent years. They do have healthy leaves but not buds and no blooms.
They may either be lacking light or they are lacking in phosphorous. Check the area to see if over the years, they have not become shadowed by surrounding plants and trees. If you feel they are getting enough light, try adding some bone meal to their soil to help get them blooming again.
Two years ago, my children picked all the buds off my peony plant before they bloomed and since then my plant only grows the leaves but not buds. Do you have any suggestions? I would hate to tear it up.
I live in Florida and I was up North and got a root of peony, planted it in a pot to bring it home. I live in southern Florida and wondered where I should plant this and if you think it will live?
They will have a hard time surviving because it is a bit too warm, but it is worth trying. I would plant it in a semi-shady location, to make sure it gets some sun but also protection from heat.
I will warn you, peonies are notoriously picky about being moved. When you plant or move a peony, it can take 1-6 years before they bloom.
Does deadheading work on peonies?
No, they will only bloom once in a year. But, deadheading them does help them to focus on storing energy rather than making seeds, which translates to bigger and more blossoms next year.
Is this true for most flowers, by deadheading them they
get bigger flowers next year?
My peonies are finished flowering and I want to know if I can cut them. Is it safe to do so?
Remove spent blossoms but do not trim peonies. They need the leaves to produce energy to give you flowers next year and support the roots. I assume it freezes there. After hard frost, you can trim them back, if desired, and clear away ALL debris throwing in the trash, not a compost pile.