The Q&A Archives: Ranunculus Care

Question: How do I take care of Ranunculus? Should I fertilize them until late summer? Should I keep them in full sun ? How much should I water them ? I am having the same problems with Mums, too. But I at least know that I need to pinch them regularly. Can you help?

Answer: Ranunculus are easy to care for. Give them full sunshine if the soil is rich and moist, otherwise put them in a spot that will be shaded from hot afternoon sun. Place organic mulch over the soil to help it retain moisture. Cut the faded flowers and stems down throughout the season. When the plants stop producing flowers, allow the soil to dry out. When the foliage turns yellow, lift the tubers and store them in a dry, cool place. Replant them in the spring. Fertilize only during the spring and early summer, but don't fertilize in late summer. The plants should be happy if you supply enough water to thoroughly soak the bed once each week. Chrysanthemums like full sunshine and will get along with less water than Ranunculus. Pinch them back to promote a bushy habit, and pinch out all but one flower bud on each stem to promote a single, large bloom. If you want multiple blooms, leave the buds alone. Good luck with your plants!

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