If you follow our ele Instagram will know that we are a little garden and flower obsessed and recently we have been experimenting with growing beautiful Rananculus.
These flowers can often be overlooked for peonies and roses however these wonderful spring flowering bulbs make a gorgeous addition to any garden. They are fairly hardy too and not difficult to grow and their beautiful bright colours make for gorgeous cut flowers and bouquets.
Ranunculus can be grown from seed however they are typically sold as ‘corms’ (little brown bulbs that look like tiny octopus).
Here are a few of our top tips for growing these wonderful flowers.
Ranunculus are suitable for both the ground or pots, just make sure or choose a full sun position and plant about 15cm apart, 3cm underneath the soil. The ranunculus corms should be planted with their legs pointing downwards. You can pre-soak the bulks for 3-4 hours in room temperature water before planting, but be careful not to oversoak the bulbs.
When to plant bulbs
Bulbs are planted in Autumn, however if you live in a warmer climate wait until later in the season to start planting. Flowers will begin to appear from late winter through spring. Staggering planting is a great idea so you can enjoy flowers over a longer period.
Water ranunculus bulbs in well when they are first planted and continue to give a good soaking until shoots start to appear. After that, natural rain fall supplemented with occasional watering should be adequate, unless you are in a dry region with very little rain.
Feed with a good quality organic fertiliser when planted and then follow up with more fertilisation about two months after bulbs are planted. Keep an eye out for snails too who seem to enjoy co-habitating with ranunculus!
Ranunculus make excellent cut flowers and will last in a vase for about ten days. Pick blooms when they are small buds about the size of a marshmallow and slightly soft to the touch.
How to store
At the end of the flowering season once the plants have died off, pull bulbs up and store away in a cool, dark spot until the following season. After 2 to 3 years you may find that you need to replace some bulbs if they have stopped producing flowers.
You can leave bulbs in the ground if you prefer and we have had some success doing this, with our Ranunculus flowers growing well each year.
Lastly, enjoy these stunning vibrant additions to the garden, or if you aren’t a keen gardener look out for them in florists from late winter onwards.