Want to give your garden a burst of colour this winter? Plant some radiant Ranunculi. With their soft, ruffled petals in many pastel shades, Ranunculus flowers will add a touch of elegance and grace to your outdoor space. It’s no wonder these spring-bloomers are a preferred choice for wedding ceremonies. If you love the look of these delicate flowers, consider planting some Ranunculus bulbs in your winter garden.
To many, ‘Ranunculus’ is a strange sounding word. But its name has a meaning behind it, and one that is rather endearing. Translated from Latin, Ranunculus means ‘little frog’. Many believe it got its name because it was first discovered growing on the banks of marshy streams in southwestern Asia. Home to many little frogs!
In Victorian times, a bouquet of Ranunculi was often gifted to symbolise admiration. The individual gifting the flowers would use them to indicate that he or she found the receiver charming and attractive. Interesting, right? This sentiment has sure stood the test of time, as many people still give Ranunculus bouquets to suitors as a sign of romantic interest.
When you receive your Ranunculus bulb delivery from Hadeco, you’ll notice that the corms look like little octopuses. This is normal for this species, so don’t feel alarmed! Once you have soaked the corms for three to four hours, and pre-sprouted them in a seed tray for about two weeks, they are ready for planting. (Click here to learn how to plant Ranunculus bulbs in flower beds.)
Ranunculi blooms make stunning flower arrangements. And when prepared properly, can last for up to ten days. Just be sure to change the water every other day to keep the flowers well hydrated.
If reading up on Ranunculi has got you feeling inspired to grow your own Ranunculus bulbs, you can plant them until mid-June, so hurry along!