Ranunculus flowers, which bloom in the spring, are a beautiful and easy-to-grow addition to any garden. Ranunculuses make an excellent cut flower and require very little care.
A ranunculus is a flower grown from a rhizome, which is similar to a bulb. This is where the plant stores the nutrients for the next year's growth. It is a perennial, meaning the plant will come back every year without replanting.
Ranunculus is planted in the fall as it needs cool weather before blooming. It grows best in zones eight to 11.
Chose an area with well-drained soil that gets full sun, at least 6 to 8 hours a day. Dig holes two inches deep and about five inches apart. With the finger-like spikes of the rhizome down, place the ranunculus in the hole, cover and water well.
Ranunculus grows 18 to 24 inches tall. A single large flower per stem sits high above bluish-green lacy leaves. The flowers come in several colours. Every part of the ranunculus is poisonous.
The leaves continue to gather nutrients to store in the rhizome for next year's blooming. Don't cut them back until they've yellowed and died back.