Ranunculus are among the most popular flowers grown in ornamental gardens, specifically in home cutting gardens. Few flowers can compete with the colorful beauty of a ranunculus bouquet. With a long vase life and exceptionally ruffled petals, it is easy to understand why so many gardeners eagerly await the arrival of these blooms each spring. Flower beds filled with ranunculus are truly a sight to behold when planted en masse.
Learn About Different Types Of Ranunculus Flowers
Though learning to grow ranunculus is relatively simple, there are some plant traits you will need to consider. Most importantly of those is the selection of the right ranunculus variety. Learning more about the various types of ranunculus available is essential to ensure the best results. Outlined below is a list of common ranunculus varieties used in the production of cut flowers.
More commonly known as buttercups, there are actually over 2000 different species of ranunculus. Ranunculus asiaticus refers to those which are commonly grown in ornamental gardens. These flowers are grown from corms, which are planted in either spring or fall, depending upon the region.
Most other species of ranunculus produce very small flowers and are of minimal ornamental value. It should also be noted that all parts of ranunculus plants are toxic, so special care should be used when in flower beds where children or pets may frequent.
Variety and Beauty
Though some dwarf types are available, most ornamental ranunculus varieties produce flowers on tall, slender stems. These tall varieties are a must-have if you are hoping to arrange the flowers.
Ranunculus plants are known for their ability to thrive under cool season conditions, blooming in very early spring. Tecolote ranunculus, the most common type, can often be found in garden centers and plant nurseries at this time. This variety is widely known for its immense range of color and interesting semi to fully double flowers.
In recent years, the introduction of new varieties has further increased the popularity of ranunculus plants. Though they’re more costly, these highly sought-after types have allowed flower growers to produce large blooms in stunning shades. The “Elegance” series, which is quite common among flower professionals, boasts both impressive size and dependably double flower forms. In fact, many of these exceptionally beautiful types are protected by plant breeders’ rights. The “Cloni” series, for example, may not be saved or reproduced by growers, and must be discarded after one growing season.