How to Take Care of Peonies: Tips for Local Peonies from FIORI Oakville

At FIORI Oakville, we strive to buy from the best growers and offer the freshest peonies available, but these sought-after beauties can be very sensitive to weather and room conditions.

Peonies, known for their lush blooms and enchanting fragrance, are a favourite among flower lovers. These beautiful flowers, which have a rich history dating back to ancient China, usually last about 5 days once cut. However, with proper care, you might be able to extend their vase life and enjoy their beauty a bit longer.

Basic Care Tips for Cut Peonies

Peony flowers can be a bit tricky, but following these simple steps can help you maintain their beauty:

  1. Hydrate & Feed Them: Gently remove any elastic bands from the stems and place the peonies in a vase filled with clean water. Use the flower food provided until the next water change. If the flowers came in water or you lost the food sachet, you can make your own by adding a spoonful of regular granulated sugar to the water.
  2. Keep them Cool and Avoid Heat and Drafts: Keep your peonies in cool areas but away from drafts (like fans, AC vents, or open windows). Avoid direct sun and heat sources (like lamps and chandeliers).
  3. Keep Water Clean: Change the water regularly to keep it clean and fresh. Cut the ends if needed after every water change but be careful to use clean, sharp tools when cutting peonies. Sterilize your cutting tools with an alcohol wipe or detergent to prevent bacteria from shortening the lifespan of your blooms.
  4. Expected Lifespan: Remember, the average lifespan of cut peonies is around 5 days, but this can vary depending on the varieties and indoor conditions. Enjoy them while they last!

Types of Peonies

Coral Peonies: These peonies open quickly but stay open longer and change color from coral to  off white. So don't worry if they open right away when you place them in water.


Blush & Pink Peonies: Blush and Pink peonies open more slowly and sometimes remain in a ball shape. If they are too open when purchased, they might not last as long as other varieties. However, they open at different stages and sometimes they don't even bloom. Try the tips below on how to get your peonies to open.

 Pink Peonies by FIORI Oakville, florist in Oakville Ontario  

Getting Peonies to Bloom

Want to know how to get your peonies to bloom? Check out this detailed guide on How to Get Peonies to Bloom.

With these tips, you might enjoy the beauty and fragrance of peonies longer. At FIORI Oakville, we are committed to providing the freshest flowers and the best care advice. We wish we could be more precise or have a way to make peonies last longer, but they are living creatures and an act of nature and even with the best care we can't control how they bloom or how long they will last! ... and that’s the beauty of them.! You just have to love them for the emotional joy that they bring, and enjoy them the way they are and for the time they live.

Visit our store or order online for delivery in Oakville, Burlington, and selected Mississauga areas to experience the charm of peonies firsthand. The Peony season is now, don't miss out!

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