Grow a Fernleaf Peony for Fancy Flowers and Foliage 

Fernleaf peonies' elegant flowers and foliage make them beautiful garden accents. A beginner's guide to cultivating them  

Fernleaf peonies favored light shade to full sun. Make sure the soil drains and has organic stuff.  

Choose a Good Place  

Fall planting of fernleaf peony in September or October helps them establish roots before winter.  

Planting Time  

To improve drainage and fertility, till the soil to 12 inches and add compost or well-rotted manure.  

Prepare Soil

Plant peony tubers 2 inches underground. Given their maturity, space them at least 3 feet apart.  

Planting Depth  

Water newly planted tubers regularly to keep the soil moist but not saturated. They need regular watering during dry seasons but are drought-tolerant once established.  


Mulch around plants to retain moisture, control weeds, and adjust soil temperature. Straw or crushed leaves work nicely as mulch.  


Some fernleaf peony need assistance for their massive blooms, depending on variety and climate. Support plant stems with stakes or rings early in the season.  


In March, apply a balanced or peony-specific fertilizer per package directions. Nitrogen can encourage lush foliage over flowers.  


To promote new blooms and prevent seed formation, remove wasted flowers. Cut the dead foliage to the ground in autumn.  


Aphids and botrytis blight should be monitored. Use organic or chemical controls as needed.  

Diseases and Pests  

Fernleaf peonies may cluster and stop blooming. Dig up the clump and divide it every several years in the fall, replacing the parts with healthy tubers.  


In colder climates, mulch the root zone liberally once the ground freezes. It prevents frost heaving and shields tubers from excessive cold.  

Winter Care  


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