Build me up buttercup: How to grow ranunculus this spring

Spring has sprung, and what better way to show how HOPPY you are than by filling your garden with bright colors? The ranunculus is perfect for the job. Ranunculus is more commonly referred to as the buttercup, though with over 250 different types, there are other members as well. Their colors range from white and cream, pastel mixes of pink, salmon and rose to yellow, sunset orange and red. Want to create a colorful landscape for your garden? Check out these tips on how to grow ranunculus this spring!

When should you plant? Though it’s typically best to plant ranunculus a couple of weeks before the first frost, there’s still time for this perennial! If you plant in the spring, they will bloom in June or July, and your garden will be all set for summer!

Where should you plant? Ranunculus thrives where winters are fairly mild, so they’re great for the South and West. Find a spot in your garden that gets full sun and has proper drainage during heavy rain. Your ranunculus does not love soggy soil!

Do you want to enjoy these brilliantly colored flowers indoors? They also grow really well in large containers, so you’ll get the best of both worlds!

How should you plant? It’s best to plant ranunculus about 2 inches deep and roughly 4 to 6 inches apart from one another. Water well after you plant so that the soil can settle around your ranunculus. Keep watering lightly until growth emerges, and then water moderately.

When your ranunculus starts to bloom, the flowers will be perfect for snipping and bringing indoors. Don’t worry! The more blooms you cut, the more your ranunculus will produce.

What should you do at the end of their bloom? Though buttercups are technically perennials, some may treat them as annuals. Many gardeners leave the plant to remain dormant, while others find it easier to dig them up and replant when the time comes.

Need help finding the perfect ranunculus for your indoor or outdoor garden? Stop by GSCO. We’ll be happy to help!