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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

  • Cold-area gardeners can avoid buying plants that simply won’t survive their lowest winter temperatures.
  • Warm-area gardeners can steer clear of plants that need a period of cold weather in order to bloom again.
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Peony Growing Tip: How to Prolong Cut Blooms


Peony blooms are some of the most rewarding, fragrant treats of the spring garden and make for amazing cut bouquets. Wish your cut Peony blooms would last longer? Try our simple growing tip for longer-lasting cut flowers!

To enjoy gorgeous, fragrant Peony blooms after they've finished in the garden, cut several stems with large buds before they have opened up. Place them in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator. They will keep this way for several weeks and when you're ready, bring them out and place in a vase. Shortly after, the blooms will open up and you can enjoy the show once again! This method is also bug-free.

Do you have any tips on how to prolong cut flowers, Peonies or other varieties? Please share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. Happy Gardening!

10 thoughts on “Peony Growing Tip: How to Prolong Cut Blooms”

  • Rose Ann farese

    I love gardening. unfortunitly I live in an apartment complex condos but we are allowed to grow flowers no vegeatables so I planted a beautiful Peony and it blooms profusely
    I am glad I read this and I printed it out so I can remember it!

    Rose Ann Farese

  • Kathleen Pigg

    Love Ponies but can't grow them in my zone(9)

    • Amanda

      Hi Kathleen,

      If you're looking for something similar that grows in your area, we recommend Begonias:
      or Peony-flowering Dahlias:

      Both thrive in zone 9.

      Happy Gardening,


  • linda

    When can I grow peonies in containers in south Texas?

    • Amanda

      Hi Linda,

      In general, Peonies get a little too big to be planted in containers. If you're looking for something similar, we recommend trying Begonias:

      You can plant both Begonias and Peonies in the early spring in Texas.

      Happy Gardening,


  • Phyllis Karsten
    Phyllis Karsten March 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Tell Kathleen to try tree peonies. They do very well in my zone 9 San Jose, Ca home.

    My question is: Will this method of storing some buds work for tree peonies?

  • Bonnie

    Love favorite is Coral Charm, but I have 10+varieties many of them are divisions from my Mom ..45 yrs ago!!

  • Loretta

    When I put the buds in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, are they in water? I'd think they'd die. Thanks.

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