Peony Glow

From a cutting, with a wilted, floppy head. There’s nothing worse than waking to wilted peonies the morning you are to use them in an arrangement. The house heat (around 80 degrees F the night before) and probably poor conditioning did this particular flower in. You’re looking at the outer layers of a bomb type peony. I think it could have been a ‘Moonstone’ cultivar as it was pale pink on the outside and creamy white inside.

Another cause to the problem may have been that the night before, I had removed most all the leaves since I detected black spots and feared fungus would spread. If using peony in an arrangement, you should not remove all the leaves. Any leaves not in water should be left in tact because they will continue to feed the flower and enable the petals to develop color as the flower opens. I still needed the flower for mass, so to support the large wobbly head, I wired and taped it the way you would for a corsage, then placed the stem centrally within a large bouquet. The tight, layered center concealed the wire perfectly.

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