Ranunculus are some of my favorite spring flowers! – and they have an incredible vase life, often lasting over 10 days!
In this guide I will go through everything you need to know to grow your own amazing ranunculus!
Prepare the Soil
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The Backyard Posy Co. Fall Gardening Guide with all the details here! Step #2
Prepare the Corms
When you purchase your corms, you will notice they look like a little shriveled piece of root.
The first step is to wake them up! This is done by soaking them in room temperature water for about 3-4 hours. DO NOT OVER SOAK THEM!
More is not better in this case – ranunculus corms are prone to rot if they are soaked too long.
The corms are properly hydrated whey they are nice and plump, sometimes they even double in size!
Once the corms are soaked they cannot be stored. You will want to pick a day when you can get them in the ground pretty quickly after they have been hydrated.
Now that you have your soil prepared, and they corms hydrated, it is time to get planting!
Plant ranunculus corms about 9″ apart and 2-3 inches deep.
The spider legs of the corm point DOWN!
They can handle light frosts, but if you expect a freeze for an extended period of time – cover with a frost cloth.
In a mild/warm climate you can begin planting ranunculus in October and continue through December.
You will get dozens of beautiful blooms through Spring!
Ranunculus do not like the heat, so once the temp starts to climb the leaves will brown and the corm will go dormant again – don’t worry it’s not dead!
The corms can be lifted and stored over the summer to be planted again in the Fall. And more than likely your corm will have multiplied, giving you 2 or 3 corms for the 1 you planted!
You can also leave them in the ground, but they do not bloom so reliably when left in the ground over summer.
Harvest and Enjoy
Flowers are ready to be cut when the bud is full and squishy like a marshmallow.
They can also be cut when they are fully open, they are just a little more delicate at that stage.
When cutting, cut all the way to the base to get the longest stem, and to promote more blooms!
If you are leaving the flowers on the plant, cut after the flower is spent (deadhead) – still going all the way to the base of the stem.
I would love to see how your garden grows!
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