Peonies are beautiful, fragrant flowers that are perfect for creating stunning flower arrangements. If you want to grow and harvest your own peonies for a bouquet, follow this expert florist guide.

What are the ideal growing conditions for peonies?

Peonies thrive in well-drained soil with plenty of sunlight. They prefer a pH level between 6.5 and 7.5. Make sure to plant them in a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

How do you plant peonies?

Plant peonies in the fall, ideally in September or October. Dig a hole that is about 2 feet deep and wide. Place the peony tuber in the hole with the eyes facing upwards. Cover the tuber with soil, making sure it is planted at the same depth it was in the pot.

How do you care for peonies as they grow?

Water your peonies regularly, especially during dry spells. Apply a balanced fertilizer in the spring to promote healthy growth. Support the stems with stakes to prevent them from bending or breaking.

When is the best time to harvest peonies for a flower arrangement?

The best time to harvest peonies is in the early morning when the buds are still cool. Choose buds that are just starting to open, as they will last longer in a vase. Cut the stems at an angle and place them immediately in a bucket of water.

How do you arrange peonies in a bouquet?

Remove any leaves that will be below the water line in the vase. Trim the stems at an angle and arrange the peonies in a vase filled with fresh water. Change the water every few days to prolong the life of the flowers.

By following these expert tips, you can grow and harvest your own peonies to create stunning flower arrangements that will brighten up any space.

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