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26/03/2014 at 14:57

hi my ranunculus bulbs came today but i want to make a bit of room in beds so could i pot them up while i get their new home ready or will they dislike disturbance and shall i leave them in bag?

26/03/2014 at 15:43

I have not grown ranunculus ( i think) and do not know what to do with them, sorry. What i do know is that you need to get any plant or bulb out of the packaging bags within 2-3 days of delivery. You may have to look up how to store them for short periods before planting out but please do get them out the bags/box/container. Things will only deteriorate while they are there.


26/03/2014 at 17:04

Mine planted in pots two weeks ago and showing up through the soil so am happy.

26/03/2014 at 17:21

I soaked mine overnight before planting in pots (advice on the Parkers Wholesale website video) - they were then placed in an unheated greenhouse and are now sprouting nicely!!

So my suggestion would be to soak them before planting - if you can get them in the ground by the weekend then great otherwise start them off in pots and transfer them to the garden in a month or so.  (I must caveat this suggestion by stating I am by no means an expert and am growing ranunculus for the first time this year, so more sound advice from others may follow!)

26/03/2014 at 18:25

I bough those from Parkers as well, bag of 50 and I had a spare. I started them of in deep seed trays, they were meat containers, then when I saw they had all taken, I potted them in 5 inch flower pots, i want them in pots, not in the garden, but a lot of people do plant out.  I wouldnt put mine out yet, bit cold

I did soak them first.

26/03/2014 at 20:33

Are they frost hardy once established or do you have to dig them up like dahlia?

26/03/2014 at 23:00

Yes, I would like to check too if the ranunculus are hardy perennials?  I planted 50 bulbs last October but very few have come up and those that have come up are just foliage about 15cm high.  Do they flower in their first year?

27/03/2014 at 00:01

Website says hardy perennial, CharleyD and cairnsie.  They should flower first year (at least I hope they do!)

27/03/2014 at 12:41

Thanks Smiffy G.  I think maybe where I planted them doesn't get enough sun and maybe it's too exposed to wind too.  Time will tell I guess ...

27/03/2014 at 21:03

Mine are still in the greenhouse, I wont put them out until its warm. I dont think they are completely frost hardy, my daughter puts her pots in a plastic greenhouse over winter, i dont know where I will put 50 of them though! I will keep some in the conservatory, they are so cheap I think about 4.00 for 50 so if I lose some in the winter it wont matter too much.

29/03/2014 at 20:05

Thanks I may try a couple

01/04/2014 at 16:05

oops forgot to soak planted some in pot and some in west facing bed let's see!

02/04/2014 at 00:30

I planted mine in autumn last year, as per instructions from the Sarah Raven website - I have a few pots sprouting quite nicely, and others with no sign of growth yet. Has anyone else ever done this, with or without much success?


03/04/2015 at 03:57

Hi folks,

Could anyone tell me the temperature requirements for Ranunculus. I have just procured 10 Ranunculus bulbs from Kalimpong and I am not sure if I should plant them now. I live in Calcutta where the temperature is now around 35 deg Cent (95 deg Fahr). Temperatures in the next couple of months can soar to 45 deg Cent (113 deg Fahr). Is it advisable to wait till November when temperatures drop to 25 deg Cent (around 75 deg Fahr). If so, should I store the bulbs in a fridge till that time?




03/04/2015 at 09:37

Ranunculus need a cooler climate being from the buttercup family, so keep them in cold storage for a little while

03/04/2015 at 10:22

am v tempted to buy again but they were the biggest failure i've had so far! all shrivelled and died, only got a bit of foliage early last summer, in pots and in garden, saw some plants quite cheap in gc ready to flower this week but seemed to be mixed colours and i only want pink or white

03/04/2015 at 10:34

I soaked them over night, 15 corms.

planted them in a module tray, 12 came up of which I potted them all on.

1 rotted due to being overwatered but I have 11 lovely healthy plants now which will probably cost me somewhere in the region of £30 in the garden centre.

This packet of bulbs cost less than £3 and my time, so its well worth it, I think a lot of the problem with small corms like these is overwatering. 

Best to water a little at first then leave them until growth starts.

08/04/2015 at 21:47

Ok I got corms today, plan to soak tomorrow for a few hours ( is 24 too many?) then put in seed tray/ modules indoors til they sprout en harden off, pot on til they're big enough to plant out, i plan o have some in a pot, some in garden, our soil is heavy clay, should I be adding grit for drainage or will they be ok?. thanks in advance for any advice

08/04/2015 at 23:42
Last year I planted them straight in the garden. No soaking, no starting off in trays. They put on a grand show for me and there they are again for me this year. Do not appear to have suffered any winter damage. They had no special protection.

Anemones planted at the same time are flowering away now and have done for a couple of months. Gladioli Nanus are all up too. They flowered their socks off last year.
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