January 2019

Flowering is all finished for the season and it is time to dead head and seed pods still on the plant. Peonies will not grow true to type from seeds so the pods are best removed to allow the plants to put maximum growth into their roots ready for next season.

There is little need to water older plants as they tolerate dry conditions very well. However watch first year plants, especially Tree Peonies, and apply a light watering if the season is very dry.

Things To Do:

  1. Keep the weeds down by carefully push hoeing around them taking care not to damage the roots.
  2. If you are spraying, use Buster not Roundup.
  3. Dead head Tree and Herbaceous Peonies.
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The Peony Gardens
Gordon Hamilton
Box 240
Taitapu 7645 Canterbury
Telephone: (03) 329 6543
Email: gordon@thepeonygardens.co.nz