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Cutting back peonies

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UnicornsPooGlitter Sun 22-Sep-13 13:53:46

The RHS website says this:

It is generally best to cut the foliage to ground level as it dies back in the autumn to reduce risk of peony wilt.

So, should I do this now, or later in the year? <new to gardening>

funnyperson Sun 22-Sep-13 19:12:40

A bit later as all the plants are dying down a bit later due to the warm summer

SilverApples Sun 22-Sep-13 19:15:08

I'm in the SE, cut mine back at the end of October and then give them a good thick mulch to protect from any frost damage. They've been going about 12 years now.

UnicornsPooGlitter Sun 22-Sep-13 20:34:13

Thanks funny and Silver. Should I have cut off the dead flower heads already? They look a bit rubbish!

SilverApples Sun 22-Sep-13 20:35:37

I love peonies. smile

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