How to Keep Peonies Fresh

Peonies are currently in season and I couldn't be happier because they are my absolute favorite flower.  I picked up these pictured above from Trader Joe's earlier this month. They are the abalone pearl variety which are a beautiful vibrant pink. Of course with beauties like this, I like to make sure I take care of them so they stay fresh as long as possible. Here are some quick tips on how to do so: 

  • Buy them as buds - they don't look as pretty initially but they're less likely to get damaged during the car ride home and will for sure last longer. These ones pictured above were tight buds when I picked them up at the store and they started opening up within an hour. By the next day, they were fully open. If you want to help them along, you can put them in warm water or a warm location. 
  • Keep them away from direct sunlight - I made the mistake of putting an arrangement right next to a window that received a lot of direct sun, and came back to find out they had drastically lost their color and some petals had started falling off. 
  • Store them in the fridge at night -  If you have the space, put them in your fridge. It will prolong their life. 
  • Cut the stems and replace the water every day or every other day - Use warm water if you want them to open up more, and cold water if they're already open.  Cut the stems at a diagonal for maximum water absorption.