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Peony 101: A Complete Guide to Understanding Peonies

Kailee Palileo 01 May 2024
pink, purple, white peonies blooming on a table

Peonies, with their lush petals and mesmerizing fragrance, are undeniably one of the most beloved flowers. Yet, their elusive nature adds to their charm, leaving many wondering why they are so difficult to obtain year-round. In this blog, we dive into the reasons behind the seasonality of peonies and why the anticipation only heightens their beauty. Additionally, we'll explore how FiftyFlowers makes the process of getting peonies easier, ensuring that you can enjoy these exquisite blooms 10 months out of the year from FiftyFlowers.

The Natural Cycle:

single stem of a pink peony

Peonies are bound by the rhythms of nature. They thrive in temperate climates and are native to Asia, Europe, and North America. Like many flowering plants, peonies have a specific blooming season dictated by environmental factors such as temperature and daylight hours. Typically, peony season begins in late spring and extends into early summer, though exact timing varies depending on location and cultivar.

Limited Availability:

Unlike some flowers that can be forced into bloom through artificial means, peonies resist such manipulation. They have a stubborn tendency to bloom when they're good and ready, regardless of human intervention. This natural behavior contributes to their limited availability at most places outside of their peak season.

Cultivation Challenges:

Peonies are not easily cultivated in mass like some other commercially available flowers. They have specific soil and climate requirements, needing well-drained soil and a period of winter chill to thrive. Additionally, peonies are notoriously slow growers, taking several years to reach maturity and produce abundant blooms. These cultivation challenges further restrict the availability of fresh peonies throughout the year.

Global Demand:

pink, light pink, yellow, and white peonies up close

The global demand for peonies has surged in recent years, fueled by their popularity in weddings, events, and floral arrangements. As a result, suppliers must carefully manage their limited stock to meet this high demand, often prioritizing local markets during peak season.

Quality over Quantity:

Despite the challenges of obtaining peonies year-round, their scarcity imbues them with a sense of exclusivity and luxury. When peony season arrives, it's a cause for celebration, and the fleeting beauty of these blooms becomes all the more precious. Their short-lived presence reminds us to savor the moments of natural abundance and appreciate the cyclical nature of life.

We Make it Easy:

Fortunately, we make the process of getting peonies easier than ever. With our extensive network of growers and suppliers, we source the finest peonies during their peak season and make them available for delivery right to your arms. Whether you're planning a wedding, special event, or simply want to brighten up your home with fresh blooms, our convenient ordering process ensures that you can enjoy the beauty of peonies whenever they're in season. Plus, with our expanded shipping options, FiftyFlowers is able to ship peonies 10 months out of the year coming from all over the world, extending the opportunity to experience their splendor.

Caring For Peonies:

girl with brunette hair holding white and blush peonies

To ensure your peonies stay vibrant and beautiful, it's important to provide them with proper care. Once you receive your peonies, trim the stems at an angle and remove any foliage that will fall below the water line. Place them in a clean vase filled with lukewarm water and floral preservative. Keep the flowers away from direct sunlight and heat sources to prolong their vase life. Change the water every couple of days and re-trim the stems to help the flowers stay hydrated. With these simple steps, you can enjoy the beauty of peonies for days to come.

Peonies may be elusive, but their seasonal nature adds to their mystique and allure. As we marvel at their exquisite beauty during their fleeting bloom, let us appreciate the wonder of nature's cycles and the joy that comes from embracing the rhythms of the seasons. So, the next time you encounter a bouquet of peonies, take a moment to revel in their splendor and remember why they're worth the wait. And remember, with FiftyFlowers, getting peonies has never been easier.


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