Plant Care Common Peony

Common Peony

About Common Peony

Common Peony is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Common Peony likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Common Peony belongs to the Paeonia genus, and is native to Europe.

Taxonomy

Paeonia officinalis
Paeonia
Paeoniaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

European peony, Garden Peony, cottage peony and piney

How to care for Common Peony

💦 Water

How often to water your Common Peony

Water needs for Common Peony
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Peony needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Peony

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Common Peony in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Peony: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Peony love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Peony does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Peony in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Peony

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Peony: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Peony after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Common Peony is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Common Peony →

Common Common Peony Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Common Peony prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Common Peony Water Frequency →

Common Peony Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Common Peony requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Common Peony Light Requirements →

Common Peony Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Common Peony does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Common Peony →

When and How to Successfully Repot Common Peony →


💩 Fertilizer

Common Peony grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Common Peony can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Common Peony Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Common Peony

Common Peony

Common Peony


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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