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Earlier this year I bought 3 peony roots. One of them seemed to be doing really well and has flower bud on it. However, although the flower bud was fine at first it is now drooping. The foliage is fine and the plant looks healthy. Can any one tell me what's wrong please.



One of the things I dislike intensely about paeonies is the fact that their flowerheads are so heavy that they do droop without being staked to keep them up. This, though, usually happens as the flower opens and gets large, rather than when it's at the bud stage, so not sure this explains what's happening with yours.

6 May, 2010


is the bud stem actually withering and shrivelling? that sometimes happens and is due to the weather conditions really.

6 May, 2010


The stem of the plant is fine. In fact all of the plant looks very healthy, but the flower bud and the bud stem is bending earthwards! It looks like flowers in vases look when they've gone past their best.

7 May, 2010


There is another thing about peonias. They don't bloom as well if the crown is too deep. They apparently like to be near the surface. Planted shallow. No mulch near the crown, compost near to crown, or burying to frost protect. I only have room for one Bowl of Beauty. One year our garden help put compost on the flowers that year. This year counted 20+ buds so far after moving soil off crown in autumn. might help with the drooping too...or not.

8 May, 2010


Thanks for all of your answers. Yesterday I scaped some of the soil away from the crown and then gave the soil and a very good soaking. Something seems to be working because the bud is definitely straightening up.

10 May, 2010

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