How To Force Peonies To Open And Bloom Quickly
- As soon as you get your peonies home, cut them on a sharp angle to allow as much water to penetrate into the stem as possible. I like to use garden clippers and then remove all foliage, except for maybe a few at the top.
- Place them immediately in a bucket filled with enough warm water to cover the stems. Having the water as HOT as your tap will allow is best and add a packet of flower food.
- Keep the peonies in a warm and sunny (if possible) room and repeat this process every 3-4 hours.
- After a day or so your blooms should start to open. If they don’t, fill a pitcher with HOT tap water and soak the actual buds face down in the water. This will help to melt the waxy coating when all else fails. Rinse and repeat!
- I purchased the peonies above yesterday and they would have never bloomed if I didn’t force the peonies to open with the method above. The most STUBBORN PEONIES EVER…kind of like a 2 year old that you are trying to get to eat his/her vegetables!
- Sometimes you have to massage the blooms to force the peonies to open. I did that with these last night and today we have these…below↓