Well-drained soil rich in organic matter is recommended for peony plants.


Peonies need sun (> 6 hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun) to grow. Though they grow best in full sun, gardeners in the south may want to consider planting peonies somewhere that allows for morning sun with afternoon shade to prevent flower fading.


Peony plants have average water needs.


Peonies don't need much fertilization, so apply sparingly. If your soil is poor, consider adding compost or other organic matter in early summer after your plant has bloomed.


Newly planted peony varieties can benefit from a layer of mulch before winter arrives. Apply a light and loose layer of mulch or pine needles and remove in spring.

Maintenance & Pruning:

Deadhead spent flowers as soon as the flowers begin to fade and remove fallen blooms. Provide support to your plant as needed. We recommend cutting back peony stems to the ground in the fall to avoid disease.