Ranunculus Mix includes corms of a variety of colors for orange, white, red, pink, purple, and yellow blooms
Ranunculus flowers look almost too perfect to be real. The blossoms display layer upon layer of silky petals in bright colors. These exquisite, rose-like flowers of ranunculus are a staple in any flower shop or wedding bouquet. In regions with mild winters, buttercups can be planted in autumn for an early bloom in April. In colder regions, they can be planted in spring to ensure an early summer bloom. Native to Asia and northeast Africa, ranunculus is a very versatile plant that can be grown in beds and borders as well as in planters or pots on terraces and balconies.
Even better, the blooms are great for cut flowers, with a vase life of up to two weeks.
It can be grown in a sunny place or in half-shade in a situation sheltered from heavy frost (resists up to -7 °C). Choose ordinary garden soil, enriched with potting soil and well-drained to allow it to grow at its best. Then, it is very simple to cultivate and maintain and will come to decorate and color your garden during the months of May and June. Leave the bulbs in place from one year to the next to enjoy them for a long time.
- Flowering period: May to July
- Flower diameter: 4 cm
- Hardiness: not very hardy, keep the tubers in a cool and dry place over winter
- Exposure: part sun, half-shade
- Soil: light, rich, well-drained
- Soil pH: neutral
- Use: bedding, porches and patios, window boxes, lawn borders, cut flowers
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Caring for your ranunculus
Soak the corms for half a day before planting. Plant the claws pointing downwards at a depth of 5 cm from the surface of the soil, spacing them 15 to 20 cm apart, depending on the desired effect. They can be planted in containers or in a garden and you can enjoy their beautiful blooms both indoors and out. During the growing season, water regularly in hot and dry weather, letting the substrate dry between waterings. Add a special flowering plant fertilizer every two weeks during the flowering period.
- Planting depth: 5-8 cm
- Plantation time: spring
- Shoot width: 10 cm - 20 cm
- Total height at maturity: 20 cm - 30 cm
Cut off spent flowers after blooming to induce the formation of new flowers. Do not cut the foliage. In cold regions, dig up the corms in autumn and store them throughout the winter in sawdust, protected from frost, in a cool, dark place. In other regions and in well-drained soil, they can be left in the ground.
In areas with mild winters (zones 8-11), you'll want to plant your ranunculus corms in the fall for early spring flowers. This can even be up to mid-winter, as long as the ground is still workable.
The plants will not survive freezing temperatures, so be sure to provide protection from extreme cold. In zones 4-7, ranunculus should be planted in early spring for summer flowers. If you live in an area and your winters regularly dip below 25 degrees Fahrenheit, the corms may freeze and rot.
There are some who are able to plant their ranunculus corms in the early spring or late winter. This is a bit of a gamble as you may be too late and not give the corms enough time to settle in so they can grow.
If you take the risk with cold winters, cover the area you planted your ranunculus. You may be able to protect them with a bit of insulation.
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