There was a pocket of gorgeous February sun this weekend so I decided to give my ranunculus a treat and get them outside for some fresh air. They were looking SO beautiful, lush and green it inspired me to write a quick post on how to grow your own ranunculus. They can be a little fussy but I’ve been growing them for years and experimenting with growing them in different conditions since the autumn and feel I’ve gathered enough knowledge to share with you.
It’s not too late to grow a batch, I have just found this mix which would be a great place to start. When growing in a small space buying mixed colours is a great way of getting a variety of shades. I’ve selected all the soft ice – cream shades for my flowers this year and a few mixes too as I like the surprises nature throws my way.
To grow, you’ll need – ranunculus corms, seed tray, compost, vermiculite
Step 1 – Soak the corms in a bowl of water for a few hours before planting.
Step 2 – Mix the compost and vermiculite together – go for a 60/40 mix of compost to vermiculite. You want to keep the soil nice and light. Fill a seed tray about half way with the compost vermiculite mix.
Step 3 – Drain the corms and place them into the seed tray with the claws/bananas facing downwards. You can use 15 cell seed trays too, I use these for my ‘fancy’ varieties so I don’t have to pot on and disturb the roots too much.
Step 4 – Cover with compost mix and water. Water well but don’t over do it. Leave the seed tray somewhere cool and sheltered until you start to see them sprout. Some advice is to leave in a dark place, I’ve always left mine in the greenhouse and they have been fine.
Step 5 – If growing in a seed tray, once the plants start getting leaves it’s time to pot on. You can either put them into a 15 cell seed tray or into small flower pots (I use whatever pots I already have).
When it comes to watering do not over water, I have found mine like to be kept on the dry side, too wet and they will start to rot. I’m growing mine in my greenhouse and in my zippy greenhouses – the zippy greenhouses can be really damp so I have to open the doors as soon as it’s sunny to give them air and to stop them from rotting.
I’ll keep an eye on the weather and if it’s looking mild(ish) in March I will start to think about getting these planted out in their final beds.
It sounds like a lot of work and in some ways it is BUT when those sweet ruffly blooms start to shine, it is all worth it.