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.
ROUND 2 LATE WINTER STARTED ANEMONES AND RANUNCULUS
Pre sprout them indoors it’s much to cold out in the Greenhouse and Corms may rot!
Anemones and Ranunculus Round 2
Checking up on our Late Winter started Anemone and Ranunculus corms.
Its much too cold to start corms off in an unheated greenhouse so we have started them in a cool place indoors.
Due to the lack of space we made a change for late Winter and started off our corms all together in the same tray (but separated by colour/variety).
I tested the soil temperature and found it was around 14.8C. All the corms have sprouted and are ready now to be transplanted into their own trays.
Its important that you don’t leave this step too long, they will need moving on in 10-14 days after soaking and planting in the tray.
If you have any problems with your corms not waking up, check to see if the compost has dried out, it needs to be moist but not wet!
Reminder: Do not start corms december or JANUARY – light levels are too low and corms could rot in the cold.
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