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Peonies Not Flowering

I transplanted some peonies 3 years ago. They come up and have a couple tiny buds, but then do not flower. Does anyone know why this would happen? Thank you.


Hardiness Zone: 5a

By rharroun from IL

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May 24, 20090 found this helpful

If the buds are about the size of a pea, this sounds like a case of "bud blast". This can be caused by poor soil, frost, planting them too deeply or inadequate lighting.

If all the planting conditions are right, keep in mind peonies take a long time to establish. They have to get deep feeder roots before they start to flower. You might just have to be patient.

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May 29, 20090 found this helpful

Water can also be an issue if they are in an overly elevated area that is fairly dry. Also, allow ants in the garden. They eat the naturally occurring sugars on the bud which allow it to open!

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