} Ranunculus Asiaticus, White ( Bulbs) Persian Buttercup

Ranunculus Asiaticus, White ( Bulbs) Persian Buttercup

$ 3.95
SKU P24321S
Size

Generally flower in April or May but flowers may be found throughout the summer
» Known for their highly lustrous petals
» Deer and rodent resistant
Depending on where you live and what kind of set up you're working with, you can plant your ranunculus in either the fall or late winter-early spring. While spring planted corms won't be quite as prolific as fall-planted ones, a nice harvest can still be had. In areas with mild winter temps (zone 7 and above) ranunculuses can be planted in the fall and successfully overwintered outdoors with minimal protection such as a low tunnel or frost cloth.

In colder areas, where temps dip well below freezing for extended periods of time, you can start them indoors—in a hoop-house or low tunnel, or in trays to plant out later—at the very end of winter. Plants can be moved outside once the threat of deep freezing has passed—this is usually about a month before your last spring frost.

When you unpack your ranunculus corms you'll notice they resemble little brown octopuses, and are probably not what you were expecting. Don't worry, these strange looking creatures will actually produce an abundance of beautiful, ruffly blooms!
Before planting, soak corms for 3-4 hours in room temperature water, leaving the water running just slightly during the process to help provide extra oxygen. As the corms soak, they will plump up, often doubling in size. After soaking, corms can either be planted directly into the ground, or be presprouted. Presprouting the corms before planting will give plants a jump start and you'll have flowers a few weeks earlier than non-presprouted ones.
To presprout, fill a flat-bottom seed tray halfway full of moist potting soil. Sprinkle the soaked corms into the soil and cover them with more soil so that they are completely covered. Leave this tray in a cool place (40-50° F or 4-10° C), where rodents can't find it for 10-14 days. Check on them every few days and make sure the soil is moist but not soggy and remove any that show signs of rot or mold.
During this time, corms will swell to twice their original size and develop little white rootlets that resemble hair. Once these roots are about 1/8- 1/2" (0.3-1 cm) long (pull them up to check), plant them in the ground 2-3" (5-7.5 cm)deep.
During cold stretches, when temps dip below freezing, cover the plants with a layer of frost cloth.
Ranunculus normally starts to flower about 90 days after planting. Fall planted corms bloom in early spring and continue steadily for six to seven weeks. Late winter planted corms will flower by mid spring and continue for four to six weeks.
The vase life on Ranunculus is outstanding, often exceeding 10 days! Cut when buds are colored and squishy like a marshmallow but not open for the longest vase life. If cut open they still last a good week but are more fragile to transport.

    POTS, BARRELS, TUBS & URNS
    1. Fill your containers with good quality, well-drained soil. Almost any commercially available potting medium will work fine. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes; allium bulbs must never sit in waterlogged soil or they will rot. Keep in mind the mature size of the varieties you have chosen and plan your container sizes accordingly.
    2. Site your ranunculus where they will receive full sun.
    3. Dig holes and plant the ranunculus bulbs 2” deep and 4”-6” apart. The bulbs look like small, dark bunches of bananas, a curious shape that makes it easy to determine which side is up and which is down for planting. Tuck your ranunculus into the planting hole with the “bananas” pointing down.
    4. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the bulbs. Roots and sprouts will form in the autumn. Winter will bring taller growth and flowers will develop in the spring. (Spring planted ranunculus will bloom the first year in late summer and in the spring subsequent years in frost-free areas.)
    5. When in bloom, feel free to cut ranunculus flowers for bouquets. This will not hurt your plants, in fact, the more you cut the more blooms your Tecolote ranunculus will produce. So snip away.
    6. After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don't cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight and provide nourishment for next year's show. Water as needed during active growth periods. Ranunculus actually prefer not to be watered while dormant.
    7. At the end of the summer the leaves will yellow and die back as the plant slips into dormancy. Foliage many be removed at this point. Your ranunculus will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle