On tree peonies that won’t flower…


White tree peony Hi Richard,
Can you please help me, back in February I bought the pack of 3 Tree Peonies none of which have flowered, can you let me know if they will flower now this year or not.
Thanks, Julie Hirst

Dear Julie,
I'm disappointed your tree peonies haven't flowered this year, but to encourage them to flower next year, I'd recommend feeding them once a fortnight with a high-potash feed, such as liquid tomato feed or Flower Power. Richard


  1. JEAN DAWSON July 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Richard
    I too have tree peonies I bought last year and they still have not flowered, in fact the do not seem to have grown very much in the last year. I have been feeding them and making sure they were watered during the dry weather but still no flowers this year. What have I done wrong? Jean Dawson.

  2. Mrs Maureen Cox July 18, 2009 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    I have also had the same result as Julie Hurst, tho disappointed I resigned myself by thinking they would flower next year.I have used Richards feed as instructed on all my plants.There has been good growth about 16inches high so something must be happening,I will wait until next Spring and see hoe they fair.

  3. Mrs Ann Hutchinson July 28, 2009 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    I have also had this problem for two years now and have fed them regularly. I am now trying bonemeal to see if that will help. I am very disappointed. The huge ‘dinner plate’ lilies I bought have been amazing though. Hopefully the peonies will flower next year, if not they will have to go.

  4. LADY ILONA PETO October 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    peonies which i received in t.s.v has not flowered they did produce some leaves but no buds nothing in fact i am very disappointed i was really looking forward to seeing them bloom i have feed them looked after them like it said but nothing i have been a customer for a long time with q.v.c but over the past 3 years i have been disappointed with some plants i have received i have them in my garden looking very sad i do have other one’s which i bought from a well know garden cent and they have been doing well for over 20 years so its not my soil or the feeding i was looking forward to a yellow one but no luck with this at all very very very disappointed

  5. Mel Thring March 18, 2012 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Can I add my two pennyworth?
    I too purchased Tree Peonies from QVC, more than I care to mention, in fact and I have had both success and failure with them. The failure was due to my lack of experience with these superb shrubs, I failed to realise how important it is to have free draining positions for them. Also, if planting a tree peony in a pot, ensure the pot is sizeable.
    The key is what goes on underground; until the root system has developend sufficiently, flower bud porduction will be modest, if you get only leaves for a few years, it’s because the shrub is building it’s powerhouse for future years.
    In nutshell – if you are a flower lover a young Tree Peony is not usually a “quick win” in the garden but will bring an unexpected depth of joy to those who wait.

  6. Annette East April 8, 2017 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    I have had a tree peony for ten years and it has never flowered or produced any sort of bud.In frustration I have just dug it up.

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