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The Flower Diaries | How to Dry Store Peonies

The Flower Diaries | How to Dry Store Peonies

Peony season is *short*, and one way to draw the season out as long as possible is dry storing peonies! It is a great way to extend their lifespan and ensure that they bloom at the desired time. After harvesting, you can put your peonies in a dry, cool location (typically a fridge!) to preserve their moisture and prevent them from blooming too early. Here's what you need to know about dry storing peonies:



What is dry storing?

Dry storing is a technique used to preserve flowers by keeping them in a dry, cool location to slow down their natural aging process and maintain their freshness. This method is commonly used for flowers that bloom in the spring, such as peonies, to ensure they are available later in the season.



How do I dry store peonies?

To dry store peonies, you will need to cut the stems of the peonies just before the buds begin to open. (While they are in the "marshmallow" stage!) Remove all the green foliage and store in a cool, dry location, such as a refrigerator. The temperature should be between 34-41°F.



How do I "wake up" peonies after being dry stored?

After being dry stored, peonies may need some time to "wake up" before blooming. To do this, remove the peonies from the refrigerator and place them in a vase with fresh water. Add some flower food to the water to extend their vase life. Leave the peonies in a cool location for a few hours before moving them to a warmer location. If you want them to wake up faster, you can put them in warm water or set them in the sunlight.



How long will dry stored peonies last?

When properly dry stored, peonies can last for up to two weeks. However, their lifespan can vary depending on factors such as how long they were stored, their quality when they were stored, and how they were handled during storage and transport.


Does dry storing affect vase life?

Dry storing can decrease the vase life of peonies. However, dry storing can allow you to control when the peonies bloom, making them available for events or occasions when they would not otherwise be in season.



In a nutshell, dry storing is a useful technique for extending your peony season! By following the steps outlined above, you can dry store your peonies and enjoy their beauty later on. Order peonies for nationwide shipping every May on our website

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