Your Fresh Peonies Will Last For Months With This Useful Storage Trick

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Your Fresh Peonies Will Last For Months With This Useful Storage Trick

Peonies are beautiful flowers that can add a touch of elegance and whimsy to your garden or home during the spring season. However, their blooms last only for about a week, which is quite short. If you have successfully grown peonies, you would want to preserve their beauty for as long as possible. Fortunately, there is a trick that can help you extend the lifespan of peonies for months.

Timing is crucial when it comes to preserving peonies. Harvest the flowers from your garden before they bloom, when the heads have only slightly loosened and are not tight little balls. Cut the stems at least 16 inches long, and avoid putting them in water, as it can cause molding. Use clean shears to prevent bacteria from damaging the flowers during storage. After cutting, remove any dirt, leaves, or insects, especially ants. Blot the stems and flower heads dry with a paper towel. Then, wrap the flower and stem tightly using a 20-inch wide plastic wrap. You can also wrap the flower heads in a paper towel. Store the wrapped peonies in a resealable plastic bag, removing all the air from the bag. Store them horizontally in the fridge for weeks or months. Do not stack anything on top of them, as it can damage the flowers and cause them to decay faster.

How to revive your peonies after storage

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When the time has come to resurrect your stored flowers, you’ll want to start the process two days before you want them to bloom. Having been stored in the cold for so long, the flowers require this time in order to warm up and open. Gently remove your plastic-wrapped peonies from the plastic bag and carefully remove them from the wrapping, using scissors if necessary. Using fresh shears, cut 2 inches off the stem to remove the calloused end, allowing the flower to drink.

Prepare your desired vase with lukewarm water. Then arrange your peonies in the vase, adding any greenery or other flowers to complement the peonies. Always be sure to remove any leaves that touch the water inside the vase as they encourage the growth of bacteria. On the second day, replace the water with new lukewarm water and add any flower food to elongate their lifespan. Now your peonies should begin to open and provide a pop of color to your space.

As the peonies open up, you may notice that some of the outer petals may have brown edges. This may be common for white or light pink peonies. Gently remove these petals to expose cleaner, intact petals underneath. Moving forward, it may be better to use darker varieties of peonies such as the fuschia or purple ones as the browning will be less noticeable.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.