Demand for peonies surged by almost 100% in last three years, says supermarket

Demand for a type of flower said to be the Duchess of Sussex’s favourite has grown by almost 100% in the last three years, a supermarket has said.

Tesco said peonies have soared in popularity in recent years and that the chilly and rainy spring has boosted the quality of this year’s crop.

The flowers took centre stage at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018, and Meghan used to post photographs of peonies on her now deleted Instagram account.

Peonies have been grown in the UK for around 50 years but commercial production only really started about 15 years ago and is still increasing, according to Tesco.

The main areas for UK production are the east of England with growers in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk as well as Hertfordshire.

Peonies are a spring flower and the UK season usually lasts about a month, from mid-May and into June.

Before the UK season starts they are imported from France and Italy.