Growing your own ranunculus, or any other plant for that matter, is not as difficult as some people think. It just takes a little know how and some patience to accomplish this task. However, if you are new to home gardening and have no idea about plants, I recommend that you go out and purchase a good book on plant growth so that you will be more familiar with different plants and their requirements. When it comes to rose plants, the rose bush is one of the easiest plants to grow. The only other plant that is similar to the rose plant in it’s simplicity is the lily.
To start your ranunculus growing, you will need a variety of flowers, preferably red and pink roses for their early blooming and green, flowering herbs such as camellia and scabiosa to provide support. You can easily buy these flowers at a florist. For the reason that the rose bush requires so little maintenance, it is best planted in full sun but not too close to a sturdy tree. When choosing a spot for your rose garden, consider that the area should receive an amount of shade during the hottest part of the day. This will allow the roots to soak up the sun and stay healthy.
When it comes to ferns and herbs, the easiest to grow ones are the flowering ranunculus. These require little in the way of maintenance and will thrive with just a bit of light, but you will want to make sure that there are enough nutrients for your plant. The flowering ranunculus is a great addition to your home garden as it is a perennial, meaning that it will live for one year before you have to replant it again. The plant grows to about three to four feet tall and the majority of its leaves remain off the ground.
To begin your ranunculus growing adventure, purchase a few large pots or even individual plant containers. If you plan to replant your rosebushes, the majority of the bloom will come up through the soil leaves. This is not to say that you do not have to dig when you replant them, it is more of a rule than anything. However, for the purpose of this article we will focus on the pots.
The biggest concern when planting a ranunculus is what will happen to the plant after you transplant it outdoors? Since it does not have a root system that is separate from its underground bulb, it relies on its exposure to the elements to keep it alive. The first thing you will notice after you plant your buttercup is that its blooms will be quite bushy. That is because the plant uses the soil to anchor its roots. However, it will also bloom in spite of the cold weather by creating bubble formations in the soil beneath it. After a few days of this, you will see the tops of the flowers expanding, which is where you will want to focus your attention.
Because the ranunculus relies on its roots for support, you should only plant it in a well drained and sandy soil, not clay. Also, you should water the plants sparingly after they bloom. This is because as the plant grows, it creates root networks that can cause root rot if you over water. The best time to give your plants good water is just before you put them into their outdoor garden. Then wait a day or two until the ground has thoroughly dried out before you water again.
Another concern for home gardeners with ranunculus is how to deal with the overabundance of beautiful, long, corms (or blooming heads) that develop after the plant blooms. The plant produces a lot of leaves to cover its growing area. You can help your plants to keep their shape and avoid overcrowding by cutting back on the number of tubers that you plant. Also, it is important to remember that while the plant produces a lot of blooms, it does so at an incredible rate.
The tubers that emerge are actually edible and delicious. They can be combined with other fruits and vegetables to make a delicious home grown garden snack. One easy way to enhance the flavor of these tubers is to puree them with some butter. Another quick and easy way to add flavor to your buttercup is to simply place some of the blossoms into a cheese cloth covered in foil and allow the butter to melt into the cloth.