Tree Peonies Bloom on Old Wood
Tree peonies are significantly different than peonies because they sprout growth on the old canes left from the year before. So do not cut down the old canes on your tree peonies like ‘Black Dragon’ tree peony that I am showing you in the video. Here’s the remarkable growth sprouting on the old canes from last year:
Glorious Fragrant Peonies
Mom’s 5 Tips On Growing Peonies
Peonies require minimal care when planted properly
- Plant peonies at ground level or they “will come up blind” meaning they won’t bloom. Plant tubers no deeper than 2 inches deep in northern climates with eyes pointing up.
- Add 2-4 cups of bone meal around each plant per year and gently work into the soil then cover with a layer of peat moss.
- Surround your peonies with Canadian sphagnum peat moss and work into the soil every year.
- Ants are attracted to and eat the sweet nectar secreted by the peony bud. This is why folks often thought ants were required for peonies to bloom by ‘eating open’ the bud. Ants do not harm the plant and aren’t required for the buds to open. They disappear after blooming.
- Divide the peony with a sharp pruning shovel to propagate the plant. It’s best to divide peonies when they are dormant or they may not bloom for a few years. My peonies were still dormant that were buried in bushes in the spring and they have propagated with great success.
First Things First
I’m so thrilled these old peonies divided so nicely. Happy Spring! Enjoy Your Peonies!