The Q&A Archives: Ranunculous Planting Needs

Question: My mother wants to know what to do with a potted ranunculous I gave her for Mother's Day. Should she transplant it into direct sun or shade, or should she leave it in the pot? Will it bloom again this year? Will it come up again next year if she transplants it into the ground?


Answer: You can transplant yours into the garden in full sun if the soil
is moist, or part shade if the soil's on the dry side. If left in
the ground the "claws" (tubers) will multiply and you can dig
and divide them after the foliage dies down in the autumn. Since they are not cold hardy, you will need to lift them and store them over the winter if you want to keep them going. They usually bloom in the summer when planted in the garden, but can be forced to bloom in the spring if kept in pots.

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