Peonies are the perfect expression of womanhood and all its greatness—as long as you know how to care for peonies. Although peonies come in stunning shades of red, white, and yellow, their most common form is pink. And as you know, pink is the best color on the planet, just ask Regina George if you don’t agree with us.
Not only are they pink, but peonies are downright gorgeous. When Marco Polo encountered peonies for the first time in China, he was in awe at their luscious blooms, saying that their “roses were as big as cabbages.” The Chinese name for peony translates to “most beautiful.” If that wasn’t enough, early colonists were said to have brought peonies with them on their long journeys so they could introduce their one-of-a-kind beauty to the New World.
But for all the statement-making peonies engage in, they are delicate and rare. In fact, they are seasonal, meaning they only blossom a few months of the year, typically from late-April to mid-June. We know what you are thinking: such a shame, right?
When you stop to think about it, though, it’s not so much a curse as it is a blessing in disguise. Because when peony season rolls around, it’ll make that fresh cut Bouq of peonies even more special. Think of them as the flower world’s version of a fine diamond.
So however that splendid peony Bouq ended up in your hands, it’s very important that you know how to properly care for them. You want those head-turners gracing your home for as long as possible, right?
But first, before we move on to peony care, let’s dive into a bit of the history and symbolism of peonies. After all, it’ll make that show-stopping Bouq even more special than it was before.
In contemporary times, peonies have come to symbolize romance, compassion, prosperity, good fortune, and a happy marriage.
Peonies are named after the Greek physician to the Gods, Paeon. According to the myth, Paeon was a student of the God of Medicine, Aesculapius. Paeon showed his brilliance and inventiveness by using a peony root to heal Pluto’s wounds successfully. In a fit of jealousy at the sight of his apprentice’s talents, Aesculapius tried to kill Paeon. To protect Paeon, Pluto transformed him into a peony and hence, it became one of the ultimate symbols of compassion.
Each color of peonies also carries with it its own specific meanings:
- Pink peonies symbolize love and are extremely common in wedding bouqs
- White peonies symbolize regret and bashfulness
- Red peonies symbolize honor and respect
- Yellow peonies symbolize friendship and cheerfulness
We’ve said it close to a million times, and we’ll say it again: peonies are next-level attractive. For one, everything—and we mean everything—is prettier in pink. But, don’t be fooled, peonies aren’t just all style and no substance. They also have a wealth of history and interesting facts. Here are just a few fun facts to know about peonies:
- In medieval times, peonies were often used to treat epilepsy, snake bites, headaches, and asthma.
- Peony petals are sometimes used in teas, salads, and as garnishes in punches or lemonade.
- Peony blooms can grow to be 10 inches.
- Peony plants can live to be 100 years old.
- Hillary Duff, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Drew Barrymore are all huge fans of peonies.
How to Care for Peonies
Although peonies aren’t the most durable flower out there, cut peony care doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming ordeal. Just follow our simple guide below, and there’s no reason you won’t have a delightful and healthy Bouq of peonies beautifying your home.
Prep Your Peonies
Peony care should start immediately once they step foot in your home. On arrival, your peonies will most likely come in bud form and look a bit downtrodden. Don’t worry though; they’ll soon show off their voluptuous blooms they’re so known for once they take in some delicious H2O.
- Carefully remove the paper and packaging holding your peonies.
- Fill a clean vase with room temperature water.
- Add flower food to your vase.
- Cut 1/2 inch off the bottom of the stems at a 45-degree angle while holding them under water (it’ll soak up the water more easily that way).
- Remove any foliage that would fall under the water line.
Finally, drop your peonies in the vase and arrange them in whatever looks best—or find some inspiration from Martha!
Find Them the Perfect Place
The key to a long and happy vase life for any flower is to find them the perfect location to call their own. This means that once you have them in the vase and ready for display, you should put them in a cool spot of your home that is free from direct sunlight and hot or cold drafts. They’ll thank you!
Recondition Every Other Day
Fair warning: peonies are heavy drinkers. So always, always, always make sure they have enough water to keep those massive blooms quenched. In addition to changing the water at least every other day, it’s also important to re-cut the stems and add more flower-friendly nutrients to the water. And don’t fret if you ran out of flower food, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar will definitely do the trick.
So whether you picked up a Bouq of peonies for your wedding or were gifted them from a friend or love interest, their captivating aura will surely charm everyone who encounters them. But that’s only if you give them the proper care and attention…which we know you will!
But if you haven’t received any yet, or want to grab some more (season permitting, of course), head over to The Bouqs Co. and snag a fresh, farm-to-table artisan-crafted peony Bouq for yourself.Shop All