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7 Tips To Keep Cut Peonies Looking Amazing

May 21 2024 – Chelsey Walker

7 Tips To Keep Cut Peonies Looking Amazing - Chelsey Walker Creative, LLC
7 Tips To Keep Cut Peonies Looking Amazing - Chelsey Walker Creative, LLC

Peony season is almost here! These beautiful flowers only bloom for 5-10 days making them a short-lived joy of Spring. Last year we celebrated by creating art prints. This year, while we may be taking a few photos, we are also putting together a small handful of homegrown, fresh-cut bouquets to bring the beauty of this flower into your homes and spaces. Below you'll find a few of our favorite ways to keep these fresh blooms looking amazing longer to get the most out of your flower vase life.

Buy Closed Buds

When purchasing peony flowers look for those that haven't yet opened and have buds that feel like marshmallows when gently squeezed. 

Remove Extra Foliage

Remove any foliage on leaves that will be below the water line in your vase. Any foliage left in the water will quickly rot and diminish the life of your flowers. 

Keep Flowers Away From Direct Sunlight and Ripening Fruit

Keep your vase of peonies out of direct sunlight to avoid fading the color.

Also, avoid keeping fresh flowers close to ripening fruit as the ethylene gas they produce can cause the blooms to fade very quickly. 

Store Peony Bouquets In The Fridge

Try storing your vase of flowers in the fridge at night, if you have room. This will keep your flowers looking fresh longer. 

Cut Stems

Cut the stems of each flower at an angle every other day to help the blooms absorb more water and nutrients. 

Change Water

Change the water in your vase every two days, this will keep bacteria from building up and keep your blooms healthy. 

Need Peonies To Open Faster? 

If you have an event or gathering and need your flowers to bloom now, trim the stems and place them into a vase of warm water in direct sunlight. Once opened to your desired effect move to a location out of sunlight. 

Madison, WI locals can pre-order their bouquets here.



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