The bright, peony-like flowers of Ranunculus make a delightful addition to early-Spring flower borders, containers, or bouquets. These cool-weather bulbs are treated as annuals in our climate, but in select regions with cool, mild winters, they can act as perennials. Ranunculus is a sun-lover that grows 6 to 12 inches tall and develops round, crepe-paper-like flowers in jewel-tone colours including yellow, orange, red, salmon, and purple. Because Ranunculus thrives in cool weather, it’s an excellent choice for pots and planters packed with other early-Spring bloomers.
Plant Ranunculus in a sunny spot in the early Spring. It needs cool weather and rich, well-drained soil to thrive. Pinch off fading and faded flowers to encourage further growth, extend the blooming season and to ensure fullness. Fertilize Ranunculus every two weeks with a water-soluble 20-20-20 solution and enjoy!