The Q&A Archives: When To Plant Ranunculus

Question: I remember planting ranunculus bulbs early in March with great success. They did not winter at all so I think of them as an annual bulb. How should I do it and how can I get some to plant in spring?

Answer: You are right, these are not very winter hardy at all. These do best in areas with cool moist winters rather than truly cold weather and they will bloom best during a long cool spring because they hate heat. Normally these are available in the fall with the other spring blooming bulbs so you would need to purchase them then and hold onto them until spring, although you may find some for sale next spring. To jump start them, soak them in tepid water overnight. Plant them in individual pots with the crowns just an inch or so below the surface. Do this about two months before the last frost. Enjoy!

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