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This article was published originally on 6/3/1992Peonies are currently in bloom throughout much of the state. In addition to being one of the most popular garden flowers, peonies make excellent cut flowers for enjoyment indoors. The best time to cut flowers for indoor use is in the morning. Plants have had time to recover from the previous day's heat and wind and have not been subject to any of the current day's stresses. Harvest the peony when the calyx (the protective green outer portion of the flower bud) is loosened and the petals are tight, but showing true color. One row of outer petals may also be loose. Harvesting at this time will give maximum vase life for the flower. The vase life for a peony is between 4 and 6 days depending on cultivar. A floral preservative, available at the local florist, may also help extend the vase life. Before placing in water, be sure and give the stem a fresh cut to aid in water uptake.
If your plants failed to bloom this year the cause may be due to:
Year of Publication:
IC-463(13) -- June 3, 1992