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
Community Answers (2)

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