If you have peonies in your flower bed, you already know how much interest and color they can add to the landscape. However, you’re missing out if you aren’t cutting a few of the big splashy blooms for indoor enjoyment. Cut the peonies in the bud stage, put them in a big vase, and they’ll add drama to your indoor environment for at least a week.
- Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need
- Sharp garden shears
- Floral preservative or household bleach and sugar
- Large vase
- Cut peonies when color is showing but buds are not open. Use a pair of sharp garden shears, and try to leave at least 14 inches of stem.
- Put the peony in a bucket of lukewarm water immediately. With the stem underwater, and cutting at an angle, snip an inch off the bottom of the stem. Remove any leaves that would be submersed.
- Fill a large vase with room-temperature water. Add floral preservative to the vase according to the directions on the package. If you don’t have floral preservative, add a teaspoon of bleach and a teaspoon of white sugar to each quart of water.
- Put the peonies in the vase, and keep the vase out of direct sunlight. Change the water every other day and add new preservative.
Tips & Warnings
Never remove more than 1/3 of the stems on a peony bush. Although a light pruning is healthy, removing too much will causing the plant to produce fewer blooms the following year.