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March 26, 2010

Ranunculus are an easy way to grow lovely perennials

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On impluse, I bought Rununculus in a package of eight and planted them today. These bulbs can be planted now and their blooms in the summer will go all season long. Ranunculus have ncredible colors, straight stems, long vase life and bright blooms. All they need in return is sunshine and very light watering. No meticulous care is needed.

You don't want to plant them too late in the season, but right now in California is a good time, before it gets too hot. You want to plant them in well drained soild. Peat moss, compost or composted maure can improve the soil and the drainage. You're going to need to plant them in full sun.

The bulbs should be planted 2" deep and 6" apart. The bulbs have a strange shape. There are a bunch of prongs or rootlike protrusions that should be planted down.

Rununculus make great cut flowers and this will not hurt the plants. After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don't cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight and provide nourishment for next year. Water as needed during active growth periods. Ranunculus actually prefer not to be watered while dormant.

At the end of the summer the leaves will yellow and die back as the plant slips into dormancy. Foliage many be removed at this point. Your ranunculus will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle. I don't think you will be disappointed.

At Rainbow Ranunculus - 10 Bulbs - Size 7+cm

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at March 26, 2010 8:15 AM
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