Peonies are a type of flower that can be found in many parts of the world. These flowers usually grow well in Asia, Europe, and North America. Peonies belong to the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae which is also known as “Paeoniflora” or just simply ‘paeons.’
Peonies are in high demand all season long, but there’s a lot to consider when purchasing them. The cost of peonies depends on the type, their colors, as well as how many you want and what time of year it is, and where you purchase them from.
How much do peonies cost?
Peonies usually cost somewhere between $2 per packet of seeds to as much as $4 to $10 per steam, depending mostly on the time of the year. As an example, during the peak of the season (between April and June) the stems will be priced lower, at about $3 to $5 per stem.
The cost of these flowers can be nearly double during the offseason, ranging anywhere from $10 to $15 per stem. The offseason is considered the time between June and April.
The price of the flowers can be affected by the color that you choose. Oftentimes, whites are more expensive than pinks – but if you purchase wholesale, there may not much of a difference in cost between these two colors.
A packet of 500 poppy flower seeds can retail for $4 to $7, while a Japanese Tree Peony in full bloom may cost you upwards of $27, sometimes even $40, if it’s available locally at all that is.
It is not unheard of to spend a small fortune on flowers for your wedding. One member from Weddingbee.com said she had paid $144 for 5 peonies, 12 cabbage roses, and 10 ranunculi in her bouquet alone. Another forum user quoted prices as high as $200-$250 for about 18-20 stems.
Peonies are typically mixed with other popular flowers like roses and ranunculus. The average price depends on the florist you go to, but it can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 depending on the style you go for.
Here’s what to expect in terms of prices, depending on the season and the color:
|Type||Months||Average Price (per stem)|
|White||November to May||$12 to $17|
|Pink||November to May||$10 to $13|
|Coral||November to May||$13 to $17|
|Red||November to May||$13 to $17|
|White||April to June||$8 to $12|
|Pink||April to June||$6 to $9|
Details on Peonies
These stunning five to 10-foot tall flowers are native to Asia and North America. These plants will have large, fragrant flowers that come in colors including pink, white, and yellow but you can go with any color scheme imaginable.
These flowers will often bloom to the end of the spring and you will find that there are more than 200 different types on sale. The most popular ones you’ll see at a market include Shirley Temple, Sarah Bernhardt, Duchess to Nemours (along with many other varieties).
The best time to find these flowers is when they are in season. During this time you can find them at local farmer’s markets and even at specialty grocers such as Trader Joe’s.
Any additional costs to consider?
You might have to pay additional costs for shipping if your order does not reach the website’s minimum order requirement when buying online, so make sure to take note of this before placing orders.
Future brides can have custom bouquets that are personalized to their specific needs and desires. These customized arrangements can include the various colors of peonies, including white, pink, purple-violet blueish-purple. The average cost for these arrangements starts at $75 depending on how many flowers you want in your arrangement.
Important things to consider
These flowers may seem fragile but they actually thrive in the frigid air. They often do well in areas such as Vermont and many other deep Southern states, so don’t forget to measure how much rainfall you get every week. If there is less than an inch of rain within a given week, it’s best to water them to make sure that their roots are getting enough moisture.
Experts recommend planting these flowers in direct sunlight, but you can also protect them from the afternoon hot with a little shade.
Peonies are a common flower that can be found year-round. However, the best time to get them is between April and June since they may not have been freshly stocked at your local florist during the winter months.
When buying flowers for a special occasion, it is important to know whether or not they are in season. If you purchase during the off-season and need them processed via special order then there may be minimum quantities that must be met before the order will be processed.
Is there any way to spend less?
Before you start shopping, do your research. If you are looking for flowers in bulk (more than 20), then find a store that offers the best wholesale price. You can also save money by buying them from stores that offer discounted plants.
To cut down on the big florist fees, you might even try to put the bouquet together yourself.