If the rose is considered the queen of the garden, then the peony can easily be called the king. This stately, sprawling bush is the undoubted decoration of any personal plot.
Once upon a time, I could not achieve the lush bloom of my peonies in any way. But the neighbor's have always been a feast for the eyes. I did not hesitate and asked her to share her knowledge. Now I know what and when to do so that my peonies delight with their luxurious flowering, as long as possible. I'll tell you too :)
Despite the fact that the peony is quite unpretentious in care, some efforts will still have to be made for its "regal appearance".
Elastic balls-buds are already forming on the bushes. But in order for their flowering to be not only abundant, but also long-lasting, the plant must be well watered, loosened and, of course, fed.
- I carried out the first feeding of my pink, white and burgundy bushes back in April - right after the snow cover disappeared. I use regular urea for this (a tablespoon in a 10-liter bucket of water). Adherents of a more scientific approach use ready-made potash-phosphorus fertilizers.
- A week after "breakfast" I water the bushes with water and ammonia (2 tablespoons per bucket). This will not only make the plant stronger, but also protect it from all kinds of insidious pests.
- And, finally, just before flowering - now, when the buds are pouring, I will treat my flowers... bread. To do this, I will soak a loaf of real Borodino bread in a bucket of water, let it stand for a day and spill the bushes with the resulting solution. Someone just bury the crusts in the trunk circle - the effect, in principle, is the same.
There are a few more ways to feed peonies now for abundant bloom in June.
- Yeast (dry substrate in a bucket of water).
- 2 tablespoons of superphosphate + 1 tablespoon of potassium sulfate + 6 tablespoons of chicken manure + 10 liters of water.
- Complex fertilizer "Barrel": 250 ml per bucket of water. (I always buy it here)
- Mineral additive "Nitroammophosphate": 1 tablespoon in a bucket of water.
My little secrets
- Aphids can harm peonies during flowering. There are many ways to deal with it, but I prefer to prevent the problem instead of fighting it. In this case, it is enough just to plant a few marigolds around the peony bush. Aphids hate their pungent smell.
- In order to make the central inflorescences of peonies larger, I remove the buds that develop on the side shoots. All the same, full-fledged flowers will not work out of them, and they can take away the strength of the main "royals". Fading inflorescences must also be removed on time.
The third time, the peonies will need to be fed after flowering, but this is a completely different story... Stay with us and be the first to find out! But I get all my handsome peonies with mail delivery here, maybe it will come in handy for you.
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