A Beginner’s Guide To Growing Ranunculus

The papery layered rose of spring

Ranunculus flower is characterised by multiple layers of delicate, tissue-thin petals that create a lush, full, buttercup appearance. They come in a range of colours and petals are often glossy and have slight variations in texture, giving them a unique, eye-catching appearance.

Ranunculus blooms in the Spring and early Summer and is a popular choice for cut flower arranging and ornamental gardens.

Growing Guide:

  1. Corms are dry and unimpressive when you first see them. Place
    them in an aerated bag and soak for maximum 4 hours. They will
    plump up and not look so dry and brittle anymore.
  2. Before planting prepare your soil with compost and organic matter. Plant the corms 5 – 8cm deep with 23cm spacing, with the pointed ends facing up. Plant in full sun with well-draining soil.
  3. After planting, water the areas thoroughly to help settle the soil around the roots. Keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged until the plants start to establish.

Care Guide

On average Ranunculus takes anywhere from 8-12 weeks to bloom after planting. Planting them in Autumn will ensure more prolific blooming. Be sure to plant them in full sun. Do not let plants get exposed to extremely cold temperatures. If you do not have enough space in your garden you can grow them in crates. 20 corms will fit into a deep crate.

Ranunculus have a splendid vase life. Cut at the coloured bud stage for a longer vase life. If blooms are open when cut they will still last up to a week but will be more fragile.

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