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Peony Seed head advice

ChivetalkingChivetalking Leigh-on-Sea Posts: 2,087
edited June 2021 in Plants
Good Morning, would you recommend to remove the seed heads from this single flower Peony please? In previous years I have left them on, but wanted to check if this was the right thing to do. Many thanks
 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,463
    I'd remove them. It just diverts energy from the plant  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ChivetalkingChivetalking Leigh-on-Sea Posts: 2,087
    Thank you very much @Fairygirl, would you cut the stem right back, or is it enough just to snip the seed heads off? 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,463
    I usually take the stem right back to a leaf joint  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ChivetalkingChivetalking Leigh-on-Sea Posts: 2,087
    Thank you for your help @Fairygirl much appreciated. 
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,517
    One of our tree peony always has many seed heads and we leave them.
    The seeds then germinate the next year and we have been able to plant them up and pass them onto friends to grow on in their gardens.
  • ChivetalkingChivetalking Leigh-on-Sea Posts: 2,087
    I have removed the seed heads on this plant as per fairygirls advice, but that is good to know @bertrand-mabel thank you. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,463
    It takes a very long time to germinate seeds from herbaceous peonies, and grow them into viable plants. Most people would divide rather than do that. Perhaps in warmer areas they're easier  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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