Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Peonies....Something you should know


They are so lovely in vases around the home. Celebrating the peonies is something we do.  
For the last few years, I  have stored peony buds in the refrigerator for a month, and brought them out for a Fourth of July celebration. I found the instructions at Boreal Farms. If you are interested, here is information on how to store peony buds to be used at a later date. It's almost peony season here in New York!!!!


"Commercial cut flower operations pick their peony buds and can successfully store them for up to three months. This practice allows them to extend the marketing season as the peony bloom period is short. The home gardener or small producer can also save their flowers for a later occasion but because the home refrigerator typically cools to a range of 2-4 C , as opposed to the commercial 0 C, the storage time frame is reduced to two to three weeks. Not all peony flowers are the same though, some varieties have a longer vase life and store better than others but almost all will hold a few days in the vase after storage. The peony buds are stored dry, packaged in plastic, and placed flat on the shelves of the refrigerator. Alternately they can be stored upright in buckets with a few inches of water. When storing dry, remove almost all of the leaves as they tend to produce too much moisture when bagged resulting in the buds rotting. Bunch the stems together and place in a plastic bag, any bag will do but the two gallon Ziploc work well, place them flat on the shelves of the refrigerator. Moisture is the key to successful storage, too wet and they mold. Check them periodically, if there is moisture build-up open the bag to vent or place paper towels in the bottom and remove and replace them when they get wet. Upon removal from storage don’t worry if the blossoms look wilted and the cut ends are dry. Re-cut the stems to expose clean fresh tissue and place upright in a bucket containing warm water. I allow at least 24 hours for opening especially if the flowers are wanted to decorate a special event."

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Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
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Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

14 comments:

  1. Debbie..I did this the first time you mentioned it and have been grateful ever since..boy they look great in MC:)♥

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    1. I'm glad you tried the peony trick :-) It all started because my sister had about 80 peony bushes and we couldn't keep up picking them all.

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  2. I am going to try this with mine...they are budded out and some have blossomed already. I will go out early tomorrow and cut a few to see how they do. Thanks for this information....I would like to bottle the scent!

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    1. Marigene, the scent is wonderful. They are one of the most beautiful flowers I think. I love their big floppy heads :-)

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  3. Your peonies are beautiful Debbie! Mine should be ready in a couple weeks too:@)

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    1. Hi Lynn, your peonies are always a couple weeks ahead of ours. I hope you'll post pictures!

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  4. That's wonderful - pinning! And I think I need to plant a couple peony bushes in my landscape! Thank you for sharing, Debbie.

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  5. Sadly, I've never seen a peony plant in Texas, but happily remember them from PA, Ohio, and Michigan. I can buy them, however, at Trader Joe's! Yours sure look pretty in your vase. Happy Mother's Day, Debbie!

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  6. Good to know! I planted a peony bush last year for the first time in my life. It got one little lonely bud on it this year. When I went out to walk the perimeter last week, I saw it had been whacked down!!!!!!! Don't know if it was the mowers or an animal. Whoever did it...aaarrrggghhh!!!!!!!! I hope the bush comes back next year bigger and stronger. I'd like to be able to get fresh cut peonies someday!!!

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  7. How interesting! I have put fresh flowers in the fridge for several days before using them at a party so they would be at their peak, but never knew peonies could last for extended time...they are rare in the South, I guess because they thrive in cold!

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  8. Great Post & Thanks for Sharing! I love the idea of preserving Peonies for the July 4th holiday!
    ~Shaunda Necole

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  9. Debbie, I'm going to try this idea if I can ever find some peonies for sale here. What fun it would be to have them for a longer period. I checked with Trader Joe's again yesterday. They don't expect them in for another month. Seems really late to me. I'm going to check with a few other sources today. How nice it would be to have peonies growing at your home. Too many to keep up with would be a nice problem. Ha! Enjoy these beautiful blooms. Looking good in that MacKenzie-Childs vase.

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  10. What a great idea Debbie. I adore peonies. The floral arrangements look gorgeous. Happy Mother's day. xo

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  11. Deb, I have heard of this trick but I've never been able to bring myself to put my precious peonies in the fridge!! I can barely stand to cut them if they are still in the bud stage. Mine aren't budded yet but they are looking healthy even though I had two of them moved last fall. I am going to try it this year. How did your sister ever get so many peonies? The scent in her yard must be amazing. Your white peonies are beautiful in both containers. Linda

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