The Q&A Archives: Planting Ranunculus

Question: I have some ranunculus that I would like to plant. I know they bloom from February to May and would like to know if it is too late to plant the bulbs and how should it be planted?

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 now or 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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