Peony Plant
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trimming peonies

Zone 48144 | mhlane added on April 28, 2018 | Answered

i am wondering if i can trim back my peonies when they are about knee-high in order to keep them from growing as tall as they normally do...i have the largest peony cages i could find and they still grow above the highest level and the stems then bend and break...

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    BushDoctor
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    Answered on April 29, 2018

    They height of the plant will, likely, be controlled by its genetics. You can, however, strengthen the stems by applying potassium silicate at 1/4 strength at the beginning of flowering. This will make the plant a little more sturdy while providing some extra help with the blooming process.

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    mhlane
    Answered on April 29, 2018

    thank you so much for your answer...
    if i understand correctly, i need to combine potassium silicate with 3 times the same amount of water, then spray my plants when they begin to flower?
    michelle

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