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  1. When is the best time to plant peonies?

    Peonies do best when planted in the fall.  They grow most of their roots in the fall, so it makes the most sense to let peonies have this time to establish before they endure the heat of summer.  Peonies are tough and will usually survive spring planting, but the plant may experience a higher level of stress for the first year. Please see the...

    December 4, 2012

  2. Why are there ants on my peonies?

    Ants are attracted to and eat the sweet nectar secreted by the peony bud.  Ants do not harm the plants, and the plants do not require ants to open. 
     
    Before taking peony flowers into your house, you can turn them upside-down in a bucket of water to get the ants off.

    September 7, 2012

  3. Why aren’t my herbaceous peonies blooming?

    • Young plants – peony plants can sometimes take up to 3 or 4 years to produce blooms
    • Small divisions – if a plant was recently divided sometimes it takes longer to produce blooms
    • Poor nutrition – peonies are heavy feeders and like heavy soils with some clay.  If you plant a peony in sandy or poor soil it will require...

    September 7, 2012

  4. How many species of peonies are there in the wild? How many cultivars in gardens?

    The current scientific review by Dr. Hong recognizes 54 species in the wild. His most recent review in English is Peonies of the world: taxonomy and phytogeography, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 2010. The number of species found in the wild is quite different from the number of cultivars (human selections) found in...

    December 4, 2012

  5. What is the difference between tree, intersectional, and herbaceous peonies?

    Tree peonies have woody stems that stay above ground all year.  Their leaves are deciduous and drop every fall. 
     
    An intersectional peony is a cross between the tree peony and the herbaceous peony.  The flowers look like those of a tree peony, but the stems die back to the ground each fall.
     
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    September 7, 2012

  6. Who is on the Peony Advisory Board?

    The Peony Advisory Board membership in 2018 is listed below. More information about their roles is in the Peony Resources section of our website.

    APS = American Peony Society member

    CPS = Canadian Peony Society member

     

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    May 2, 2018

  7. When will the new tree peonies bloom?

    Tree peony bloom begins several weeks ahead of the herbaceous peonies. Depending on the weather they may come into bloom by late April. A selection of historic tree peonies is being planted most years as we rejuvenate the Peony Garden and Laurel Ridge. The new tree peonies will take several years to establish: we will have a bloom chart...

    May 2, 2018

  8. What do we fertilize our peonies with at Nichols Arboretum?

    We currently do not fertilize our peony plants.  However, a...

    May 2, 2018

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