Peonies season is in full swing and I’m obsessed! It’s such a short season that I really like to get as many peonies as I can while they are available! Trader Joe’s happens to sell then for $6.99 a bunch so, it’s always easy to pick some up while I’m shopping. I’ve been reading up on peony care and learning as much as I can to keep the blooms going for as long as I can. I thought it would be helpful to share how what I learned in how to care for your cut peonies.
Here is what I have learned.
Tip 1: Room temperature water is key. I don’t know about you, but I typically just let the cold water run when I’m filling a vase! Whoops!
Tip 2: Remove any leaves that will be under the water level.
Tip 3: Cut your stems at at 45 degree angle under water and then place a vertical slit from the angle you just cut. This just helps open up the stem a bit more and let your flower drink more water.
Tip 4: Peonies require a lot of water. Make sure you check your water levels and swap out more room temperature water every 2-3 days. You can also re-cut your stems during new water swaps.
Tip 5: Check room temperature. Peonies thrive best in 65-72 degrees. Make sure your room isn’t too color or too hot! Many people recommend keeping them in a cooler room during the evening or even your fridge to make them last longer!
In addition I think it’s best to pick them up in the bud stage so, that you can enjoy the whole blooming process. Please note that if you want them for a dinner party then I recommend picking them up 3 days before the event. This way they will be almost fully bloomed by the time of your party. Want to speed up the process? Use warm water instead of room temperature and keep them in a warm room.
Make sure to pin this post for future reference. Peony season dies down towards the end of June so, get going and pick u a bunch or two!