My brother gave me a beautiful yellow Peony two years ago. I knew very little about peonies, so I just planted it and waited and waited patiently until it grew very nice and bushy. but wait…Where were the flowers? A little research shed a little light on some questions I had to ask (and answer) about my seemingly picky peony plant:

1. Does it get enough sunlight?
2. Is it planted to deeply?
3. Did the foliage get cut back too early in its growing season?
4. Has it been divided or moved too much?
5. Is it getting too much TLC?

After answering these questions honestly,I understand now that peony’s do much better on small amounts of fertilizer… and with a little less of my well-intentioned attention.

May 10


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