peony flower care

Peony Flower Care

A flower first cultivated over 4000 years ago in Chinese gardens, the peony has since become a worldwide treasure. Featuring many layers of petals which begin as a small bud then slowly open to reveal a stunning bloom, this gorgeous flower is associated with many meanings across cultures. They are widely associated with ideas like honor, bravery, prosperity, and good luck, making them an ideal flower for those going through a big event, like a wedding, or those who need a little luck headed their way. They are also a bouquet flower that you’ll want to keep alive and beautiful as long as possible. Here’s how. 

When you first receive your peony bouquet…

woman hiding face behind beautiful peony bouquet

Use sharp scissors to cut 1.5cm off the end of each stem, or at least enough to eliminate the dry parts. You should also cut the stems at a 45° angle to expand the surface area of the cut stem and allow each flower to get a proper drink.

To keep the water clean and clear, remove all foliage that will be submerged in the vase water.

Immediately fill the vase with cool tap water, and add flower food. The flower food will provide the flowers with nutrients and energy that they need in order to survive as long as possible.

Place the flowers in the vase, arranging them as you’d like. Keep in mind that peonies bloom significantly, so you may need to allow for extra space for your flowers to expand.

Keep your bouquet in an area that’s not too hot and out of direct sunlight. Heat and sunshine will wilt your flowers faster and diminish the lifespan of your bouquet.

Keep your peony bouquet fresh

keep your peony bouquet fresh

To maximize the life of your peony bouquet, there is some easy maintenance that you should do on a daily or semi-daily basis.

Refresh your water every day. This will keep your bouquet free from bacteria, and it will have the added bonus of keeping your bouquet looking clean and fresh, especially if you’re using a clear vase. You should also add fresh flower food with each water change.

Pro tip: If you run out of flower food, you can make your own at home. All you need is a mixture of citrus, sugar, and bleach. There are a few recipes you can try, but one easy solution is one liter of water + 5mL bleach + 5mL vinegar + 5mL of sugar.

Keep trimming the stem ends. You don’t have to do this every day, but you should complete this task regularly in order to encourage the proper absorption of water. Every two or three days, simply snip 1.5cm off the ends at a 45° angle.

Regularly clear any dead or dying foliage. This will help keep your bouquet looking fresh longer as individual blooms fade faster than others. 

Encourage your peonies to bloom

blooming peonies bouquet

When you first receive your peonies in a bouquet, they might still be buds. This is because we provide the freshest flowers available, meaning that the peony buds might not have yet fully bloomed. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to encourage them to bloom faster if necessary. 

Use heat to encourage them to bloom. Fill the vase with lukewarm water and place them in a warm room (but not in direct sunlight).

Seal in ethylene gas by placing a bag over the bouquet. Ethylene gas is something that cut flowers naturally emit, and it encourages flower maturation. If you leave them like this overnight, it should encourage the peonies to bloom.
Remember, patience is key when letting your peonies bloom, and you only need to take these extra steps if you need your fully bloomed peonies quickly, such as for an event or a celebration. Otherwise, just give them time, and your peonies will be full and ready to be enjoyed shortly.

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