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Fertilizing peonys

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:35 pm
by gardeningjoy
I have two separate peoney beds but only managed to fertilize one this past spring. Now that they all have finished blooming is it too late to fertilize those that didn't get fertilized in the early spring or should I just wait until Fall? I live in King George County, VA.

Re: Fertilizing peonys

Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:56 am
by lorijones
It is definitely not too late to fertilize your peonies. I would broadcast Espoma Plant-tone around the peonies that you didn't fertilize in the spring. Follow the recommended rate that is listed on the label. This will feed your peonies through the summer when they are developing the flower buds for next spring. Fertilize again in the fall when you fertilize the others.

Re: Fertilizing peonys

Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:00 am
by veda6886
Hello - I purchased and planted a peony from your nursery this past May. Although you gave me excellent directions, I did not follow them! I did not add the fertilizer you suggested. Now my peony is turning slightly yellow - looks healthy otherwise. Should I add fertilizer NOW considering we are getting ready to go through a very hot spell or wait until the fall? I live in Gum Spring, halfway between Richmond and Charlottesville. Thanks!

Re: Fertilizing peonys

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:21 pm
by lorijones
The lack of fertilizer is probably not the cause of this yellowing. Your peony is probably beginning to go dormant with the heat and lack of rain we are experiencing now. If you haven't been watering it regularly during this dry spell, you should give it a good soaking now. I would wait and fertilize it with Plant-tone in the fall around October. Once the peony foliage becomes completely yellow, it can be cut back to the ground. They will come back beautifully next spring.