Peonies are so beautiful and usually once you start growing them you have bundles of blooms. The hard part is that you have a narrow window to cut peonies and bring them indoors! What if I told you, you could make peony flowers last for MONTHS!! Yes months! Using this technique of preserving peonies, you will be able to have fresh peonies right into the fall months! Just follow these EXACT instructions, and you too can have peonies almost all year long!
What to do with peonies after they bloom?
Peony flowers are beautiful flowers to cut and place in a vase indoors. You can also use the method below to preserve them or try hang drying them to enjoy as decor!
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How to Preserve Fresh Peonies
Tools & Supplies
- Fresh Peonies
- Sharp gardening shears or scissors
- Roll of plastic wrap
- Sealable plastic bag or Ziplock bag
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Gathering Your Peonies
If a large part of the stem is wet or if there is dirt, it promotes mold growing.
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Reviving the Peonies
Enjoy your peonies months later!
Peony Preserving Tips
If you were planning to use the peonies for a specific purpose, be aware that it will take the peonies a few days to open up after pulling them out of the fridge.
Peonies usually bloom in mid-June in Alberta, Canada. I have been able to use this technique and revive peonies in late September.
Please note to be sure the peonies are clean and free of bugs or some of the peonies became moldy.
If you need peonies for a specific reason, i.e a wedding, then it is recommended that you wrap up extras! The longer you need to keep them in the fridge, the odds are that more will become brown or moldy before you use them.
Main Types of Peonies
There are 4 main colors of peonies … white, light pink, red and dark pink. I find that the light pink and dark pink peonies are preserved better. The lighter colored flowers, like the pink peony or the white peony flower, tend to brown on the edges over time in the fridge. Darker-toned peonies, like the red peony and dark pink peony flowers, are much less noticeable if there is any browning.
Another issue to watch for is that if the peonies are too tightly closed and the buds are hard, they are much less likely to open after being preserved. Therefore, it is crucial to snip the peony blooms when the petals are still closed but they are soft when you squeeze them.
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How to Dry Peony Flowers
Looking for another fun preserving idea for peonies? Here are the steps on how you would dry peonies:
- When the peonies are near their maximum of opening but the petals aren'y yet falling off, cut them with a sharp paring knife.
- Using twine or string, tie a bundle together
- Hang them on a hook to dry.
I love to snip a big bundle and immediately hang them to dry rather than putting them in water. They look so pretty hanging and will last as pretty decor all summer long! Also, if you immediately hang them the peony leaves will preserve as well!
I hope you enjoyed these tips all about preserving peonies! Let me know if you try this technique at home and how it works for you! Leave me a message in the comments below and if you love it, please spread the word and share this post on your Pinterest or social channels! Happy Gardening!
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