Will Heavy Rain Damage Peony Plants?

Are you concerned if heavy rainfall could damage your peony plants? Well, you have reached the right place to find the answer. I’ll try to share my experience and knowledge along the way to provide guidelines. 

Heavy rainfall can do significant damage to your plants, no matter which season it is. During spring, heavy downpours may smash and splatter your peony plants across the lawn. Sometimes, the sturdy plant stems may break after the rain by arching toward the ground. Also, you cannot be sure that the peony rings won’t shatter soon.

You need to consider various aspects to prevent serious damage from rainfall.  Sometimes, salvaging after the disaster can help you recover. So, read the rest of the article to know about the best rain resistant plants and how to take preventative measures against heavy rainfall.

Which Peonies are Highly Rain Resistant?

Once you plant a peony, it becomes very resilient day-by-day. Although there are some of the best types of Herbaceous peonies and perennials offered by mother nature, heavy rain may cause a significant amount of damage to it. So, if you want to choose such peonies that provide good resistance to rain, consider selecting these types from below:

  • “Paeonia lactiora “Krinkled White”:

Out of all the single white peonies, this Paeonia lactiora “Krinkled White” is the best one. It won the American Peony Society Award. You will notice their crinkled petals with golden stamens in the center. Their height can be up to 90 cm.

They are very resilient, and you may not require any stalking to support them. You should plant them in mid-season. Expect them to bloom in late spring and early summer. They are moderately fragrant and highly resistant to rainfall.

  • First arrival” Itoh Peony:

This variety of peony is one of the earliest intersectional peonies. Most gardeners regard this as one of the best available Itoh peonies. You will find its distinguishing colors, lavender pink, and reddish purple at the base of the petal area. The flowers are large that bloom in semi double blossoms. They can grow up to 20 cm in width and 70 cm in height.

You will find their scent almost like rose. They are vigorous, rain resistant and perfect for cutting to use for the future. Expect up to 40 blossoms after the first plantation if you manage to take proper care each season. Midseason is the ideal time to plant them if you want to get a better outcome.

  • Paeonia lactiora “Sword Dance”:

Another good rain resistant peony is this variety called Paeonia lactiora “Sword Dance”. You will be dazzled by their magenta-red petals with golden yellow stamens of reddish color. Their height can be up to 90 cm.

Plant them in the late season for good outcome. After bloom, you will notice their beautiful large blossoms. They are both rain and wind resistant, which makes it ideal for your garden and pot.

How to Protect Plants from Heavy Rainfall?

As you love your peony plants, you should take preventive measures to secure them from heavy rainfall and storm damage. Also, the shrubs have initial flower buds that result in a good outcome. So, if you do not take care and provide protection to the peony buds timely you will not get expected bloom.  However, smaller plants like Herbaceous peonies are comparatively easier to provide protection. So, follow the steps below to protect your native plants from heavy rainfall.

  • Try to Protect the Roots:

Spread mulches around your plants to protect its roots from weather damage. Try not to apply mulches very close to the root, otherwise the root may get damaged and start to rot. Ensure a three inches layer around the root area, this will prevent cold damage following heavy rainfall.

  • Be Sure to Cover your Plants Timely:

Cover your plants with overturned buckets or pots to prevent them from suffering cold wind and excessive rainfall. But check the height of the container first to see if it matches with the height of the plant. Also, you can put one heavy object on top of the covering in case of heavy wind.

  • Provide Wrapping when Necessary:

You may need to wrap up certain plants with strong fabrics like burlap for protection. In this case, make a frame using garden stakes when required. For larger plants like tree peony, wrap them in burlap and tie with a twine or thin wire. In case of newly planted trees, wrap up the trunks at least and use garden stakes. This will provide protection from heavy winds and cold weather. 

How to Salvage from Plants after Heavy Rainfall?

You can make a beautiful garden after a lot of hard work, but mother nature can easily wreak havoc and destroy that location. Storms and heavy rainfall can damage woody stems, weaken shrubs, and pulverize the flowers. Sometimes you may find that look it seems impossible to repair the damage. But, if you can properly utilize what is left after the disaster, you can still salvage and even successfully replant. 

Here, you will find some essential tips that will help you to know what to do after a heavy rainfall.

  • Always Check for Plant Roots that are Exposed:

Heavy rainfall and wind can drastically change the look on your garden. It can cause significant damage to your garden leaving the shrubs and plants vulnerable.

In case your plants and shrubs have fallen over or turned upside down, you need to Investigate the overall root structure carefully to decide if replantation can be successful or not. If you find that the damage done is not significant, simply cover the root structure with necessary soil and compost. Then gently put back the plant in its current position.

  • Remove any Broken Stems:

Check your shrubs and plans to detect damaged or broken stems. You can cut back the damaged or affected areas with the sharp pair of garden scissors close to the stem.  This will enhance your plants revitalization and it will grow gradually.

  • Try not to Fertilize Immediately:

As you’re done clearing the debris and cutting down the damage part of the plant give those shrubs and plants a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks for natural recovery. You can apply fertilizers after the damage has been repaired normally. In this case, the growth enhancement using fertilizer is not necessarily required.  Also, if you apply fertilizer to a damaged plant there is a chance that you may receive a negative outcome.

  • Get Rid of Unsalvageable Shrubs and Plants:

You may find it tough to completely remove a plant or even a shrub. But in some cases, you might need to be harsh and remove a certain portion of the plant to give it a chance of regrowth. Otherwise, the plants might not provide enough flowers after bloom at the end of the season.

  • Use this Opportunity to Remove Weeds:

After the heavy rainfall, the ground becomes soft and fertile. So, you can choose it as a perfect time to clear the weeds along with the debris. Because after you have cleared up the broken shrubs and branches it will be easier to remove the weeds. In fact, removing the weeds will help your plants to recover faster.

  • Ensure proper drainage of the soil:

Heavy rainfall can result in wet soil. If stagnant water accumulates near the root, it can be quite damaging to your plants. Your plants may face root rot, fungal disease, and infection. So be sure to arrange enough drainage facility in both your garden and pot.

  • Make Air Pockets in the Soil:

You should also focus about making some air pockets inside the soil so that proper air and water flow can take place. Because heavy rainfall can make the soil surface compact.  You can use a small shovel or Garden fork to loosen up the soil and create such little air chambers.

Conclusion:

Heavy rainfall will damage your plants and it is a very common phenomena in some countries. But if you are a peony enthusiast, be sure to take necessary precautions so that you can protect your plants from storm damage during winter, fall and spring. Contact your local garden centers to buy relevant objects of protection. If you’re able to pull it off properly, your garden will always look good, even after heavy rainfall or thunderstorms.

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