Oh Peonies!

LAST UPDATED: Jun 03, 2019 | PUBLISHED: May 24, 2018 | By: Julie Blanner

Peonies. Their season is so short, but so very beautiful and sweet. Learn how to make the most of peonies, where to buy them and more!

how to make peonies last

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for years, but peony season is so short, I never seem to get to it before it’s over. But, it doesn’t have to be! Today I’m sharing tips to extend the life of your peony stems for days, weeks, even months!

tips for peonies

Peonies bloom just once a season, but don’t fret. You can enjoy them indoors and out! When cutting from a peony bush, select those low to the ground that likely won’t thrive. Also, note if there are additional tiny buds on the stem you wish to cut. Unless it’s a large bud that I intend to save for later, I leave tiny buds on the bush to enjoy {and potentially cut} later.

pink peonies

Where to buy peonies:

Peony bushes can be found at your local nursery or hardware stores. If you want well established flowers with abundant blooms, see if someone has a mature bush you can transplant for maximum blooms. I prefer to work with an established plant over bulbs in Missouri.

If you want peony flower stems for an arrangement, you can often locate them at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s in addition to your local florist.


How to get rid of ants on peonies:

Hold the peonies just below the buds and gently shake with the bloom facing down. Then dip blooms into a bucket of cold water with 2 drops of dish detergent for 20 seconds and remove.

peony flowers

How to get peonies to open:

  1. Cut the stem at an angle.
  2. Place stems in lukewarm water.
  3. Place flowers in a warm, sunlit room
  4. Repeat

If they still don’t open, you can place buds in lukewarm water for 15 seconds to encourage them.

How to make peonies last longer:

  1. Add ice to their water.
  2. Place them in a dark, cool space or refrigerator.

make peonies live longer

How to refresh peonies:

  1. Cut stems at an angle.
  2. Place in cool, fresh water.
  3. Refrigerate until they’re perky!
how to bring peonies back to life
BEFORE {looking sad}
how to make peonies last
peonies tips

How to store peonies to enjoy later:

  1. Remove leaves from the stem.
  2. Wrap in clear plastic wrap sealing both ends or in damp newspaper. Place horizontally in a refrigerator.
  3. Remove, trim stem and place in lukewarm water.

I hope these tips help you maximize the joy of peony season. You can learn how to arrange them and so many more here with my easy step-by-step tutorials!