Peonies – where do I even start?! They are one of my absolute favorite flowers, those captivating blooms that bring an air of elegance and beauty to any arrangement. Peonies are loved for their lush, voluminous petals, intoxicating fragrance, and an array of colors. In this blog post, we’ll explore some interesting facts about peonies and share valuable tips and tricks to help you keep these magnificent flowers alive and thriving in your at-home flower arrangements. So, let’s dive in!
FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT PEONIES:
Before we get into the care tips, here are some interesting tidbits about peonies that you might not know:
Peonies (Paeonia) are herbaceous perennial plants native to Asia, Europe, and Western North America.
They come in a wide range of colors, including white, pink, red, coral, and even yellow. Peonies are known for their large, showy flowers with multiple layers of petals, creating a captivating and romantic look. These flowers symbolize prosperity, good fortune, and a happy marriage, making them popular choices for weddings and special occasions.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR KEEPING PEONIES ALIVE IN FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS:
Now that we’ve piqued your interest, let’s move on to some helpful tips that will extend the life of your peony arrangements:
Choose the Right Time to Purchase or Cut Peonies:
Look for peonies that have just started to bloom, with one or two open flowers and several closed buds.
If cutting from your own garden, harvest peonies in the morning when the buds are firm and about to open.
Properly Condition the Stems:
Fill a clean vase with lukewarm water and add floral preservative to extend the life of your arrangement.
Remove any leaves that will be submerged in the water to prevent bacterial growth.
Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle under running water to ensure they can absorb water easily.
Use Correct Watering Techniques:
Keep the water level in the vase consistent, replenishing it every couple of days.
Use room temperature water, as cold water can shock the flowers and hinder their longevity.
Avoid misting or spraying water directly on the blooms, as this can cause botrytis (gray mold) to develop.
Find the Right Spot for Your Arrangement:
Place your peony arrangement in a cool area away from direct sunlight, drafts, and ripening fruits.
Avoid placing them near heat sources or in excessively warm rooms, as this can cause wilting.
Provide Proper Nutrients:
Peonies benefit from flower food or homemade alternatives. You can add a small amount of sugar or a few drops of lemon juice to the water to provide nourishment.
Remove Spent Blooms:
As you enjoy your floral arrangement, remove any blooms looking sad or wilted to help extend the life of the remainder of the bouquet.
Peonies are truly nature’s masterpieces, gracing gardens and arrangements with their unparalleled beauty. By following the tips and tricks shared in this blog post, you can ensure that your peonies thrive in at-home flower arrangements. Embrace the peony season in Minnesota, with their peak growing time between May to June. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply wanting to bring the joy of blooming peonies into your life, these lovely flowers will not disappoint.