Peonies are one of the most wonderful flowers, which bloom during spring time and bring color to any garden. Peonies are under the Paeonia class, in the Paeoniaceae family, which are native to Asia, North America and Europe. There are almost 33 distinguished types and are one of the most well-known flowering shrubs that grows in temperate regions.
Peony flowers are herbaceous perennials. Sometimes, they are woody shrubs with scent and are always colorful bearing the colors red, purple, white, yellow or pink (sometimes a combination of colors). This kind of flower is very well-known similar to cut flowers and they can be bought in B`elfast florists shops during late summer and spring.
When is the greatest time to plant Peony flowers?
Peonies can be planted in late October or September during the fall. The only thing that these types of flower require is a lot of soil, which is drained well, and plenty of sun. They grow well in places with at least some winter weather since they chill is essential for them to form their buds. Also, it is great to plant peonies during the fall season prior to the first frost. It is noticed that those peonies, which are planted during spring time, usually lag one year behind compared to those flowers planted during the fall.
Growing tips for peonies
Peonies are good to go in a humus-rich and a neutral pH spoil that drains well. The moment you plant them, you can supply some organic material surrounding the soil and after you have planted it, add compost surrounding the root zones for a careful feed. To encourage blooms, you can also consider adding Bonemeal.
Peonies are generally not that high maintenance when you select the right location for them. Supply them plenty of sunshine and shelter them from harsh winds. Peony flowers can grow in limited shade, however more sunshine indicate more blooms. If you plan to plant more than one, you can space them for at least 3 to 4 feet apart from each other to provide them room to grow—since they will spread eventually—and enough air circulation to stay their foliage dry.
Moreover, you can buy bare-root tubers or separate 3 up to 4 years old Peonies to acquire the tubers. As you plant the peony tubers, select a location that is sunny and drains well. Then, dig a hole approximately 2 ft. deep and 2 ft. across. Place the tuber about 2 inches underneath the soil’s surface with its eyes facing upwards.
In terms of fertilizers, peonies do not need them that much. Although the moment you notice that the blooms are not as sturdy as they are supposed to be, after their bloom cycle has ended, add a compost or a well-rotted manure surrounding the root zone only once in every few years. Peonies are heavy so they have the tendency to lay down, Hence, to support the plant, almost all gardeners add a three-legged metal Peony ring.