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Tree Peony

I have a tree peony which has been planted in my garden for four years.  The growth is amazing and it looks so healthy, however, it has never flowered.  I understand that it does take sometime before they flower.  Will I be rewarded next year.  Is there any recommended treatment that I can give it to encourage it to flower.  Best regards to everyone. Barbarax

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337
    They can indeed take a few years to start flowering after being planted/transplanted.  If you are feeding it (they don't really need it), I would stop doing that, or at least replace the fertilizer with a low-nitrogen one (you can buy specialist peony food but anything low in N and high in P & K (eg comfrey tea, tomato food, bulb food) will do.  The only other thing I've found is that they flower less or don't flower at all if they experience a long period of drought in late summer/autumn, so deeply water it once a week if that happens.
    Fingers crossed for next spring! :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • b.rochelleb.rochelle Posts: 6
    Dear Bob,  Thank you so much for your advice.   I will certainly follow your instructions.
    By the way love your saying about the trowel and so typical of us gardeners. Thank you
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,700
    We had a tree peony that sat for years without flowering. Our village garden club came for a visit and one member told us to put wood ash around it.
    Next year it flowered (and continues to give us many many flowers each year) but it could just have been ready to flower anyway. Who knows.
  • b.rochelleb.rochelle Posts: 6
    Thank you so much for your tip.  Its certainly worth a try.
    Best regards
    Barbara
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