This is why your peony plants aren’t blooming

Q: I have two peony plants that seldom bloom. The plants themselves have not grown at all in 10 years. How do I get them to grow and produce flowers?

D. L. of Waterloo

A: Usually when peonies do not bloom it is because the buds were originally planted too deeply. In September you need to dig the plants up and then replant them so only one to two inches of soil cover the buds (eyes) with this replanting. Peonies also require at least one-half-of-a-day in the full sun. Better yet, a day of full sun is the best. In the spring, if you notice any spotting or gray residue forming on the leaves, you need to spray the leaves with a fungicide or cut the infected leaves off completely.

Charles Giedeman is a local contributing writer. Send your gardening questions to Lifestyle Department, Belleville News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, 120 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62222-0427, or email them to