At Farmgirl Flowers we promise to always ship you the freshest, most beautiful stems! While peonies are our favorite (and yours!) they’re the ficklest of flowers in terms of season, blooming for just a short time after the last hard frost. To take full advantage of their brief bloom we’ll ship you only the best of the best! This may mean you’ll receive a single variety of peony or more of a mixed bag. Either way, we promise you’re getting the best the season has to offer!
First thing’s first! Your peonies need a quick trim to help them blossom in the coming days. Using a pair of scissors, floral shears or even a sharp kitchen knife trim off ½” from the end of each stem. An angled cut works best here as it prevents the stem from sitting on the bottom of the vase. This means it will be able to drink water more efficiently! Regular trims once your peonies are in the vase will also help to extend their life! A fresh cut means your blooms can drink water more easily. If you can remember every day you get top marks! Don’t worry - every other day passes too!
Next, clean your peonies of extra foliage. Sometimes we like to leave the top two to three leaves for a fuller look and sometimes we like to remove them all for a less wild vibe. You’re in charge here - do what you think looks best!
Pro Tip: if your peonies arrive and the leaves look a little thirsty (read: wilty or droopy) it is best to remove them entirely. Thirsty leaves will rob the petals of H20! To remove, gently snap the leaves off where they meet the stem (your clippers work well here too!).