Peony season is getting into full swing! My friends have seen beautiful images of peonies and a question that has popped up a few times is how do we ship them without damaging the blooms? It’s a great question and not everyone is familiar with how peonies ship, so I’m going to show you!
A good peony farm will know exactly when to cut the blooms. If they’re cut too early, you’ll end up with buds that never open (can be common with “grocery store” peonies). If they’re cut too late, the buds will have started to open more than they should have already and they may damage more easily during shipping. It takes an expert at the farm to know exactly which cut stage is right for each variety of peony – it’s a tough job!
A good peony should arrive in a closed bud stage. They’ll be carefully wrapped and packaged up like this:
When you open up the package, the peonies will look like big round lollipops – not what most people expect to see! Don’t be disappointed because this is EXACTLY how you want them to look like when they first arrive! When peonies are shipped this way, they won’t get damaged and I think the best part about getting them fresh cut like this is that you’ll be able to watch the transformation as the blooms open:
It’s amazing to see how they go from a little not-so-pretty ball to a stunning bloom with just some time in water! The blooming times will vary depending on the peony variety. Some like “Coral Charm” typically open within 24 hours and will only last a few days before the color starts fading and petals start to drop. For other varieties, the bloom process can take from 2-5 days before the peonies are fully open.
Peonies are not the longest lasting in the world of flowers, so getting them fresh cut will allow you to enjoy them much longer than if you received them already open and arranged. Check out the peony bouquets we have on Flower Muse and treat yourself or someone you love to a bunch while they’re in season! We’ll soon be getting some of the more unique peony varieties in from our farm, so be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter if you want to get a sneak peek at our pics! Let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything else you want to know about peonies (or really any flower!).