Peonies only bloom for a short time and maintenance is not really easy, but of course they are beautiful with those huge colorful flowers. Buying peonies for the vase is also a wealth because they are so beautiful to look at and also smell wonderful. There are 6 groups of peonies, all belonging to the genus Paonia. But there are now various species and colors available, Tree peonies grow to about 2 meters in height, the farmers peony is the most common species in Dutch gardens followed by the white peony. The peony is named after the Greek God of healing Paieon. The meaning of the flower is to share love.
Peony planting, location and care
The peony is a perennial that can last up to 20 years if you care for it properly.
Planting, sowing or cutting is done in spring and the peony is a sunbather who wants to enjoy 6 hours of sunshine every day. Peonies that do not get enough sun will not open.
This plant is very sensitive to planting too deep. Cover the red “noses” of the peony with up to 2 inches of soil when planting or they will not bud.
If they get wet feet, they will not open at flowering time. If the soil in the garden is very wet, add some sand. Transplanting to a higher part of the garden is also possible, but there is a chance that they will then not bloom for a year.