Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fresh-Cut Peony


Peonies have been called the “Queen of Spring”, and for good reason.  They’re big, beautiful, and come in a variety of pinks, reds, corals, and whites.  Peonies contain a fragrant aroma that can fill a room, get bigger and brighter with each day, and some even change color as they grow.  These blooms will beautify the day of any recipient, so here’s a few tips and tricks to make them as stunning as possible.

Don’t want your peonies to open right away?

One of the most unique features of the peony is its size.  It starts out as a small bud and keeps opening until the end of its lifespan.  However, if you’re looking to wait a few days until you want the blooms to open, here’s a few tips.  Wrap your peonies in paper loosely enough so they’re contained, but tight enough so that they won’t have much room to open.  Then, place them in the refrigerator in a dry spot.  The cold will delay the blooming process until you decide to take them out.  Don’t forget to keep any fruits and vegetables away from your flowers, as they contain a gas that will accelerate the wilting process in your peonies.

Need your peonies to open faster?

Cut your peonies at a slant at the end of the stems and place them in a vase of warm water.  Additionally, you can remove the foliage from the bottom to quicken the blooming process, as the leaves take more energy to bring the water up through the flower.

Finding ants in your peonies?

Peonies plucked straight from the garden often contain ants in the blooms.  A quick way to get rid of these insects is to place the bloom of the flower in a bowl of water for a few seconds.  If the ants persist, place a few drops of dish soap in the water and stir.  This will not harm the flower, but the ants should drop out.  Also, if you cut peonies when the buds are still tight, there is less of a chance for the ants to go inside of the flower, and the bud will still open in a vase.

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