The Easiest Way To Get Your Peonies To Open Up Faster

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The Easiest Way To Get Your Peonies To Open Up Faster

Peonies typically bloom for up to eight weeks during the months of April to June. If you’re looking to have cut flowers, you’ll likely receive them in a preserved state before they bloom. Depending on the species of peony, they can be preserved for a few months before they finally flower.

This means that peony lovers can have a bouquet later in the year when the plants no longer produce blooms. However, both fresh and preserved flowers need a little help to open up. Warm water and sunlight can be used to coax the flowers to open up, but it’s best to allow them a day or two to open up naturally. If you’re in a rush, we can guide you through the easiest way to get your peonies to open up quickly.

Warm water opens up the blooms

peonies in a vase by window

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Whether you just cut the flowers off the plant or received them from a florist, you don’t have to wait for them to bloom on their schedule. You can speed up the process a little bit with warm water and sunlight. The water should be tepid, just slightly above room temperature, but not so hot that it will damage the flowers. Start by removing all the leaves you don’t need for the display, and cut the ends of the stems on an angle. An angled cut helps the flowers absorb the water, and fresh cuts can be done periodically. Place the peonies in a vase of warm water (add some flower food for an extra kick) and let them sit in direct sunlight, or at least a well-lit room.

If you have no spare time, you can speed up the process by dipping the flower head into a bowl of warm water. Hold it there for up to 15 seconds, gently twisting it in the water. Be super careful if you have to go this route so that you don’t cause petals to fall off or break the stem.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.