Ranunculus produce the most brilliant and stunning rose clustered blooms in a wide range of colours. They have long been a favourite for cut flowers and flower arrangements but look just as stunning grown in pots or flower beds.
Planting time: Ranunculus are ground-hardy in warmer areas and can be planted in the autumn between October and November or in the spring when the danger of frost has passed. It is easiest to grow the bulbs in pots, overwintering them in a greenhouse or cold frame and bringing them out in spring. Good ventilation is required.
How to grow: Soak the tubers for an hour to hydrate them. Plant into well drained and fertile soil in full sun. Incorporate well-rotted manure for strong plants. If planting in pots, put grit in the bottom of the pots and fill with a quality multipurpose compost and add some extra grit to ensure good drainage. Plant 3-5 cm deep and 6-10 cm apart, ‘eyes’ up and claws facing down. Grow in a sheltered position and protect from strong and cold winds.