The Q&A Archives: Planting Ranunculus

Question: When is the best time to plant Ranunculus in Northeastern Texas. I bought some bulbs but don't know when they should be planted. Thanks

Answer: There are nearly 250 species in the Ranunculus group and the most commonly grown is R. asiaticus, the Turban Ranunculus. These perennials grow happily in full sunshine in average garden soil with regular watering in the spring and summer. Plant the tubers in the spring and water thoroughly, but don't water again until sprouts show. If overwatered, roots will not form and the tubers will die. Plant the tubers 6-8 inches apart and about 2 inches deep. Ranunculus leaves are a bright, fresh green and the flowers are 3-5 inches wide, in many shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, cream and white. Large tubers may produce many 1 1/2 foot tall stalks with 1-4 blooms on each stalk. They make supurb cut flowers.

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