The Q&A Archives: Ranunculus Care

Question: I purchased two ranunculus flowering plants, of the Bloomingdale variety. The flowering stage is coming to a close and I would like to know how I should treat the foilage so that they will bloom again. They are planted in a container on my patio.

Answer: Ranunculus are a large and varied genus of plants mostly grown for their showy blooms. Flowers are cup shaped and may be single or double. The colors are rich, intense and widely assorted. There are small, medium and large species, growing from 4" to 24" tall. All prefer moist soil and full sunshine during the summer months. Provide a thick mulch to help the soil retain moisture, and water when the weather is dry. In your climate, you can leave Ranunculus in the ground all year around. In colder climates the tubers should be dug after the foliage dies down, and stored for replanting the following spring. When the plants stop blooming you can stop watering. After the foliage yellows and dies, cut it back to ground level. Next spring your Ranunculus will sprout again. After a few years you can dig and divide the clumps of tubers.

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