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Cutting back Chinese Peony?

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 390
Hi,
Am I ok to remove all these old stems today? Just cut them off by the soil? 
Thanks! 🌸

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    As long as it IS a herbaceous Peony lacitiflora, then yes, cut the old leaves of to the ground.  However, if there is any chance it could be a tree peony or hybrid, then don't cut the woody-looking stems at all.  Can you post a photo if you aren't sure?
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 390
    edited March 2021
    As long as it IS a herbaceous Peony lacitiflora, then yes, cut the old leaves of to the ground.  However, if there is any chance it could be a tree peony or hybrid, then don't cut the woody-looking stems at all.  Can you post a photo if you aren't sure?
    @BobTheGardener thank you 😊 I’m not sure no, I used an app at the time to find out what it was! I do have some photos actually of when it was in bloom so have attached those and also a photo of it now. Thanks again! 
     
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384
    It is indeed an herbaceous type, so you are safe to remove the dead leaf stems. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 390
    @BobTheGardener thank you! Will do that now then 😀👍
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