If you love peonies, when good care immediately after winter will help you to get large and beautiful buds

Peonies are beautiful and unpretentious flowers, but they still need care. Since they can grow in the same place for many years, it is recommended to regularly cultivate and fertilize the soil under the bushes. The better you feed the peonies in the spring, the closer, brighter, and longer they will bloom.

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When should you start feeding peonies in the spring?

In early spring, when the snow melts, it is recommended to enrich the wet soil with useful minerals. The flowerbed can be sprinkled with ammonium nitrate, urea, ammonium sulfate, or nitrophosphate, because peonies in the spring need nitrogen, which plants need for active growth and full development. It is enough to scatter 1 tablespoon of granules per 1 square meter, and wet soil will quickly dissolve and absorb them. At this stage, you can safely use urea, because the early shoots have not yet appeared and the tender leaves will not be harmed.

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What and how do you fertilize sprouted peonies in the spring?

As soon as young burgundy shoots appear from under the ground, the flowerbed should be carefully cleared of the remnants of last year’s dry stems. Then you can begin to remove weeds, dig up the soil, and thoroughly fertilize it. Peonies can be fed in the spring either with special complex preparations, following the instructions, or with natural organic fertilizers.

Before applying any type of fertilizer, it is recommended to first loosen the soil near the bushes. You need to work carefully, because peonies in the spring have fragile roots on their rhizomes that are very easy to damage. Stepping back an inch from the sprouts, make a hole in a circle into which water saturated with minerals and useful elements is poured or compost (humus) is laid.

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Mineral fertilizers

If you decide to feed peonies with mineral fertilizers in the spring, then for effective absorption of the elements, the granules should be dissolved in 10 liters of water. For one bush you need to take 1 tablespoon of ammonium nitrate or nitrophosphate and 1 teaspoon of potassium phosphate. It is better to pour the preparations into a small glass container with water, close the lid tightly, and shake until the powder is completely dissolved. Then the liquid is poured into a bucket of settled water. This solution is slowly poured into the furrow around the rhizome. When the water is absorbed, the hole is filled with earth.

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Peonies in the spring can be fertilized with an infusion of cow manure. To prepare it, 1 kg of organic fertilizer is poured with 5 liters of clean water and left for several days. The aged liquid is poured into a bucket and filled to the top with rainwater. You can also add 1 liter of wood ash here. Water the furrow with the prepared solution, using 2 liters per root.

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For peonies to bloom well, they are fed with a yeast solution. It’s very easy to prepare. You need to dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar and 50 g of pressed yeast in 1 liter of heated water. The liquid should ferment in a warm place for 2 hours. Then it is mixed with 10 liters of settled water, which is used to water the bushes.

The depression near the rhizome can be mulched with humus or compost. Organic material should be evenly distributed around the bush. It will nourish the soil and retain moisture.

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Proper care

In spring, it is recommended to fertilize peony bushes rather than replant them. Flowers are best planted and propagated in autumn. It is recommended to do this in September or October. Then the root system will have time to recover and sprout thin roots before frost, which serve to absorb moisture and nutrients. During the winter, the plant will rest and be ready for a full growing season. If you replant peonies in the spring, it will be more difficult for them to take root and they will not bloom this year.

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Peonies should not be planted in the shade or a damp place. During planting, the rhizome should not be excessively immersed in the ground. The layer of soil above the growth buds should not exceed 5 cm. Otherwise, peonies in the spring will only be able to form leaves. You’ll never see them bloom if you plant the bushes too deep. The hole in which the flower is planted must be fertilized. It is filled with humus mixed with soil and ash, and sprinkled with superphosphate and potassium. The root is placed in the hole, covered with soil, and compacted tightly. Then it is watered generously. This fertilizer should last for two years.

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For the flowerbed to delight you with lush flowering with a delicate, intoxicating aroma in the third year, peonies need to be fed. Then the plants will gain strength for active growth and receive an additional incentive to form buds.

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