If you are looking for easy to grow spring flowering bulbs then Ranunculus spring to mind. Colorful, easy going and low care they bring a riot of color to the spring garden. Although they are not regarded as fussy, they do have a few requirements if they are to be as successful as you would like.
You don't find Ranunculaus flower in florists very often, and they are rarely offered in garden centers, however, amongst gardeners in the know they are highly regarded.
Ranunculus like a cool soil, they also like a well drained soil. So no secrets really, just the right soil in the right position.
Ranunculus asiaticus are sometimes called the giant buttercup, however they are a little more than that. You can grow them in containers, or use them as bedding plants. They are not really a bulb, rather a rhizome and they look a little like a claw.
A number of varieties are available including some exhibition types with wonderful large flowers.
What are mainly offered are the larger flowering colorful hybrids however some species are also worth seeking out.
- Ranunculus ficaria is one species, and it is available with double white flowers as well as green flowers. Excellent for naturalizing into a woodland area. And if you can find it, R. ficaria 'Brazen Hussy' has yellow flowers and good deep purple foliage.
Although you could grow Ranunculus from seed, they are far easier by division.
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