The Peony, (or Paeony), is the name of the flower in the genus ‘Paeonia’. Peonies are native to Asia, North America and Southern Europe. The peony is named after Paeon, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Another little known peony fact is that in 1957 the Indiana General Assembly made the peony the state flower of Indiana, a title it still holds to this day.
Peonies are extremely popular wedding flowers, but many brides to be are disappointed because the peony is only available on the wholesale flower markets from the start of April until July. Wholesale peony flowers are mainly grown in Holland under glass and are sent to the flower auctions for sale. Some import peonies are available after the end of July, but they are very few & far between and cannot be relied on.
Cut peonies are wholesaled in wraps of 10 stems and are available in whites, creams, various shades of pink and red.
When peonies are out of season, Colombian Garden Roses are a perfect substitute. A lot of them are mistaken for peonies! Click HERE for more information about them.
To get the best from your wholesale cut peonies please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the peonies in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
TIP – To prevent peonies from opening too quickly, leave the wrappers on whilst conditioning over night.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the peonies in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.