Ranunculus Growing Guide

Planting Ranunculus

  • Plant in spring after the last frost.
  • These bulbs need full sun and they do best in well-drained soil. Plant them 5 cm (2 in) deep and 8 to 10 cm (3 to 4 in) apart. The bulbs, which resemble a bunch of bananas in shape, should be planted with the banana-shaped part facing down.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.

Growing Ranunculus

  • Well-draining soil is the most important factor in determining where to plant them. These sensitive tubers do not tolerate consistently soggy soil or standing water.
  • While Ranunculus does not require regular feedings, 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer can be applied, at planting and during the growth process to encourage fuller blooming. Stop feedings after the bloom cycle to prepare the tubers for dormancy.

Care Ranunculus

  • These bulbs require frequent watering until they come into flowering. Once flowering, they should be lightly watered.
  • These flowers last a long time as cut flowers, making them popular for arrangements and bouquets.

Winterizing Ranunculus

  • After flowering, the leaves should be allowed to die down. The leaves will gather sunlight and provide nourishment for next year’s show.
  • These bulbs are not winter hardy and need to be dug up after the first frost. Do not wash but dry the bulbs for a day.
  • Store away from drafts at 10 °C to 16 °C (50 °F to 60 °F) in a paper bag or box filled with dry peat moss.