How do you take care of peonies after the flowers die?

What do you do with the stems left on peony plants after the flowers die? Wasn't sure if I should cut them off or leave them because there are clusters of bud-like growth on the ends of stems

Submitted by gabeljackie

The budlike growths that you see are developing seedpods. It's a good idea to cut them off back to the first set of leaves to prevent the plant from expending unecessary energy on maturing the seeds.

Answered by DSchrock
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You're answer was absolutely helpful. Thank you so much.
Submitted by gabeljackie