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Peonies

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Why do my peonies get a mildew look after blooming? Friends of mine say their peony plants keep looking good until frost. What do I do to eliminate this problem next year?

Answer

Cooler nighttime temperatures and rain have contributed to powdery mildew being a problem on many plants, including peonies and monarda. This late in the season I would just cut off the foliage and cleanup any leaf litter. Should it happen earlier in the season, use a fungicide like Daconil to stop its spread.
Have a great fall gardening season.