Floral designers will be very familiar with these statuesque cut flower types which flood the flower markets throughout the cooler months. Blooming long before the roses and sweet peas, Ranunculus and Anemones will transform arrangements and bring early colour to the garden.
The Ranunculaceae family are quite shallow rooting so I have trialled growing both Anemones and Ranunculus in pots over the last few years and have found them to do really well.
Some protection from the weather will be needed, and this is made easier by growing in pots.
You can simply move them out of harms way into a sheltered location during adverse weather conditions. Especially helpful if you don’t have a greenhouse or polytunnel.
By early May, Autumn started corms will begin to shut down due to the very warm polytunnel temperatures. Plants have also been growing a very long time so in late Winter/early Spring I sow another round of corms.
This 2nd sowing will give me flowers in May and June, and depending on your local conditions, you might still be picking flowers in early July.
Reminder: Do not start corms december or JANUARY – light levels are too low and corms could rot in the cold.
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