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Why Remove Peony Rings in the Fall?


If you installed a peony ring (peony support) on your herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora and others) last fall to help it remain upright, you’re probably about to remove it for the winter with the idea of storing it in a tool shed or garage. After all, the vast majority of gardeners do. Then they set it again out in the spring. But why?

Since your peony will grow back in exactly the same spot, not only next year but for many decades to come, it seems only logical to me that it would more convenient to let the ring remain there permanently, summer and winter. After all, what does it give you to remove a stake in the fall only to put it back the next spring, if not more work? To make a comparison, most gardeners leave their plant trellises in place. Why are peony rings so different?

Be a truly laidback gardener and add “removing peony rings” to the “things I don’t do any more in the garden” category.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1 comment on “Why Remove Peony Rings in the Fall?

  1. It’s much easier to whack the peonies to the ground in autumn without the obstruction of the ring. I guess it depends on one’s site and circumstances. Love your books, Larry!

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