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My peonies won't flower...

Rosie  BeeRosie Bee Posts: 32

I have two peony plants in pots (6" ish). Neither has flowered. One of them I've had for maybe 3 years and it's never flowered - the other I bought last year when it was flowering - but this year, nothing.

I asked the chap I bought it from what I needed to do to ensure it flowered and he said they liked to get cold in winter. It wasn't very cold of course this winter but everyone else's peonies are flowering!

Should I plant them out and hope for next year? Oh, I didn't feed them....should I? I work on the - quite possibly false - basis that fed plants don't feel the need to reproduce...?

Thanks in advance! X


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    paeonies are large plants with large root. A 6'' pot is nowhere near big enough. Plant them out, speak to them nicely and they should do better

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Nutcutlet is right.

    Also plant them close to the surface or else they might not flower.

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Yes Rosie plant them out. in the base of your hole scatter bone meal in. Plop your peony in. Do not bury the crown. At the base of the peony. it should have a curved shape thats the crown. In early October scatter more bone meal around the base. Its sounds like its not a intersectional Peony. So it will need support.

  • Rosie  BeeRosie Bee Posts: 32

    Thank you all - is there anything else I can use in place of bone meal that might be (nearly) as effective? My dog will dig them up if I use bonemeal!

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    my dog digs up anything i use bone meal on too, i've had to stop using it image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    I should think it will be happy to just stretch its legs. A bit of general purpose fertilizer (not a high nitrogen one) would do nicely.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Rose food Rosie.

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