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Peonies: Do I cut off the seed pod thingys on the tops?

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FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2010
12:53 PM

Post #7830104

my peonys are done flowering, can I leave those little seed pod looking things on the tops or do I need to cut them?
I think they look neat and would like to keep them on, but I don't want to do anything that would hurt the plant.

fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 26, 2010
5:07 PM

Post #7831070

Cut em or not whatever you like - I think they look neat too! But I do usually cut a lot of them off on the principle that the plant will be putting all its energy into the roots for next year instead of growing seed. ( And besides I start to cut the flowers off as they start to fall to pieces so they re not all over my flower beds!)
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2010
7:34 PM

Post #7831655

well I dont like the looks of those rotten petals all over, but I think they should whither up soon, and I thought leaving them might add some nutrients back in the soil around the plant. If I leave the seed pod heads will the plant bloom next spring?

fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 26, 2010
8:10 PM

Post #7831791

It will bloom for the next 40-60 years!
FrillyLily
springfield area, MO
(Zone 5b)

May 26, 2010
8:10 PM

Post #7831797

great! thanks, I will leave the pods then :)

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