UACES Facebook Ranunculus


(April 2005)

QuestionI received two blooming ranunculus in 4" pots and  the little plastic insert in the pots didn't really say much about the care of  the plants, only when to plant and whether to plant in sun or shade.  I did a web search and found only a greeting card company with photos of the plants.  Are they bulbs or annuals?  What do I do with them once the bloom is gone?  Any info you may be able to pass along will be greatly appreciated!

 AnswerRanunculus are bulbs, or more correctly tubers, which can be hardy in our zone.  They bloom early in the spring with bright bold colors, with either single or double flowers.  After bloom, let the foliage grow until it dies back, then lift and store the bulbs until next fall, when they can be planted again. If you leave them in the ground for the summer dormant months, they often rot, if they get any additional water.  They must have a very well drained soil.  Although it is possible to have them for more than one year, I grow them as annuals and buy blooming plants every year in late winter for an extra touch of color.  I throw them away after they are done.



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