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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    February 17, 2012
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    Many plants are ideal companions for peonies, especially other perennials. Some of these may include iris, dianthus, lily varieties, aster, rose, and hollyhock. Small shrubs, like hydrangea, will also work provided that they share the same growing conditions and are not planted too close, which could lead to overcrowding issues.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 10, 2012
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    You could make your own fish emulsion to fertilize your plants. Simply put some fish remains in a -5-gallon bucket filled about 3/4 full with water. Stir well and allow it to sit for a day or two, stirring occasionally. (Be sure to place it somewhere well away from animals.--If you have a lid to put on it, that would help too.)

    In a couple days, you can strain out the fish emulsion by tying a piece of cheesecloth over the top of the bucket and pouring the liquid into another container. This liquid can then be used to water and fertilize your peony plants.

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    Nikki on
    April 17, 2012
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  • Answered by
    SusiMINZ on
    April 17, 2012
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    If you live in an area with a cool climate don't lose heart just yet! It is encouraging that your plant has good green growth, however it may take 'til the 3rd year after planting for your Peony to flower. Different varieties come into growth and flower at different times. Herbaceous Peonies die down in autumn and the tubers resprout in spring. While they will grow in a variety of soil types, they are frost hardy and require cold winters. If you live in a warmer climate you are very unlikely to have much success with the herbaceous type. The Tree Peony is less fussy.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    May 1, 2012
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    Douse the plants with water. I don't think the peonies will regow once cut back, so leave the peonies alone and hopefully they will recover. In the future, if this happens again, water the foliage of the plants as soon as you realize what has happened to wash off as much of the weed killer as possible.

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    Nikki on
    May 5, 2012
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    Nikki on
    May 18, 2012
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    This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/peony/why-your-peony-buds-but-never-flowers.htm

    Try giving the plant some phosphrus-rich fertilizer or add bone meal to the soil around your plant to help encourage blooming.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    May 28, 2012
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    Have your soil tested. It is probably lacking phosphorus. Plants can't bloom without it. Any high phosphorus fertilizer, like bone meal, is good for blooming issues.

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