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I have a peaony which appears to be reluctant to bloom. The flowers are there and well formed. Looking just on the verge of opening but something is stopping them. This happened a bit last year and I was so disappointed. Can anyone help.


  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge Posts: 2,443
    Sounds very strange. Peonies can sulk for many reasons and not make any buds...but to have buds and for them not to open it has to be moisture deficiency or maybe lack of enough sunshine? Can you post any pictures of the buds and the plant as a whole to help us out? 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,233
    Give it a bucket of water with a teaspoon of Phostrogen or miracle grow in. It may be too dry.  It will never flower well in a shady place.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,622
    I had that problem last year. if the water/fertiliser doesn't do the trick, try very gently partially peeling off the outer green layer with your fingernail.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • I have fed them and watered. May try the peeling trick if that doesn't work. If all else fails I can always clear a space in the border, kneel down and just pray.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,622
    Works for some of us!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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