Peony Care

Peonies are a deep, bright maroon red and are actually a bit pointy when they first come out of the ground.  After a week or two, they start to stretch up to the sky and the tips open up a bit.

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It is always a bit shocking when the vibrant red stalks turn completely green and look utterly different from the previous week's growth.  A typical established peony will have anywhere from 5-10+ of these stalks in a large circle that will grow straight up.

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At this point in spring, the leaves are bright green and very glossy with a little red still left in the very center. 

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When they bloom, they are a most glorious sight...layers upon layers of fluffy petals in shades of pink, red and white. And the smell is beyond divine!

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After a few years in the ground, peony will grow into a large, dark green plant with a rounded habit that does not need pruning.  The flowers are only one of the reasons to have peonies in a garden. This summer has been a wet one so far and some peonies suffered from a little peony blight.  See those few black edges?

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What is blight?

There are various diseases peonies can get. This plant disease, typically caused by fungi such as botrytis fungus, Phytophthora blight, powdery mildew, and root rot.