Maintenance and Peony Care

Maintenance and Peony Care

Maintenance and Peony Care

Peonies are a low maintenance plant and, once established, rarely suffer from pests and diseases. Most peonies will spread to around 90cm in diameter and grow to about 90cm tall; this means that at some point you might wish to divide your peony. You may also need to provide some plant supports (we recommend our Peony Plant Supports) for taller varieties – remember to position the plant support in the early Spring before your peony has grown too much!

A feed in the Spring or Autumn is often advisable using our Professional Peony Feed.

Once your peony has flowered you may wish to dead-head the blooms. Dead-heading your peony is not essential but it will keep the plant looking tidy and encourage further root growth.

Peonies in Late Summer

Peonies are a perennial which means they die back in the winter and grow new shoots in early Spring. Towards the end of Summer and into the Autumn peonies start turning brown and showing signs of die back on the leaves. This is perfectly normal and the video below shows how to care for your peony during this period.

Do not cut back the foliage – even if it is dead looking – until the Autumn because your peony is still growing. Cutting back of herbaceous peonies is easy: simply cut everything back to about 2cm above the ground. Cutting your peony back will assist with good hygiene and help mitigate against any disease the following year.