Gardening Questions And Answers
How come my peonies don’t bloom? Failure to bloom is usually caused by two things: improper planting and/or insufficient light. When planting peonies, make sure to plant the eyes (the point at which new growth emerges) no more than two inches deep. Also make sure your plants get plenty of sun — 6 or more […]
While ants on the buds and flowers can be a nuisance, they do no harm (Figure 1). Once bloom is complete, ants will disappear from peony flowers and move on to find a food source elsewhere. Peony flowers provide food for ants and in turn, the ants protect the blossoms from other floral-feeding insects.
Calcium is an essential element and imparts significant structural rigidity to the plant cell walls, which provide the main mechanical support to the entire plant. In order to increase the mechanical strength of the inflorescence stems of herbaceous peony, the stems are treated with calcium chloride.
Peonies require fertilization in the spring after growth has begun and stems are roughly 2 to 3 inches high. If the peonies in your garden or yard are well established, consider waiting to feed them until the flower buds are pea size; fertilizing older plants at this time contributes to healthy flowering.
It is good to pinch your peonies (or tomatoes or mums or asters or zinnias). Here is why; some plants produce one main flower and several smaller flowers on the same stem. Pinch them off and the plant devotes all its energy into the one main flower, making it bigger, badder and more peonylicious than […]
Cold weather, underwatering, disease, and sucking insects are the main causes of peony leaves curling. To fix curled leaves, water the peony when the soil is 2 inches dry and make sure it is in a place protected from cold winds. Provide the plant with good air movement and spray it with horticultural oil.
When it comes to ingesting peonies, it’s the Chinese peony (P. lactiflora)—known as Bái Sháo in Traditional Chinese Medicine—that has a long recorded history of medicinal use dating back a couple of thousand years. That said, all peonies seem to offer some degree of edibility and medicinal qualities.
Flower buds produce large quantities of nectar which attracts ants. They (ants) play role in opening of the flower buds and provide protection against harmful insects. Flowers emit subtle, sweet fragrance which attracts wasps and flies, main pollinators of these plants. Peony is also able to perform self-pollination.
But they can also bring sneezing fits, itchy eyes and runny noses. You might experience allergy-like symptoms when you pick peonies from your backyard or grab a farmhouse bouquet from the grocery store — but don’t expect the antihistamines that stave off your tree-pollen allergies to banish a flower-related runny nose.
Provide shelter from strong winds, as peonies’ large blooms can make them top heavy. (Use stakes to hold them up, if necessary.) Don’t plant too close to trees or shrubs, as peonies don’t like to compete for food, light, and moisture. Grow peonies in deep, fertile, humus-rich, moist soil that drains well.