Ranunculus ‘Pastel Limone’
Ranunculus, the ‘Rose of Spring’ will provide gorgeous blooms throughout the start of the gardening season, giving you an abundance of flowers long before the Roses wake up.
As with all our great discoveries this one turned up as a rouge, only available in small numbers this year as we roll it out as a bigger trial.
However I have ordered extra, I know by now that my most discerning flower lovers relish a chance to try something that until now has only been available in the US.
Give it a google. Also known as Pastel Lemon.
Colours are soft lemon and soft lemon with a reddish coral edging and veining, peach and soft salmon orange.
Packet size: 10 bulbs
How to Grow:
Corms will arrive in a dehydrated state and need to be soaked in a bowl of water for a few hours before planting in pots or cell trays of at least 6.5cm square.
Rodents love to steal your precious corms so you need to protect them until the corms develop into plants.
Growing Ranunculus will be new to most gardeners, so I will be providing step by step growing advice and videos on over on Instagram Stories (its free) and for busy gardeners you can now plan ahead with our Anemone & Ranunculus Handbook
Autumn started corms blooms from the end of March right through April usually finishing around the beginning of May. However the cold Spring of 2021 delayed the start of flowering and blooms continued into the beginning of May.
Late Winter / Early Spring started corms generally flower for us from the middle of May well into June, again the cold Spring of 2021 delayed flowering and we were still picking the last of the flowers in early July.
Local weather conditions will affect the exact blooming times and Ranunculus will need frost protection to protect both the leaves and blooms from damage.
Autumn sown corms will be taller growing up to 60-70 cm, Spring started corms will still reach an impressive 45-55 cm.
Position plants in full sun
Cutting /Vase Life:
With a vase life of up to 10 days, ranunculus make a supreme cut flower. For the longest vase life cut when buds are coloured and soft (called the marshmallow stage) allowing them to open in the vase. For Wedding work or to bring into the house, more open flowers will still last up to a week.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.
These corms have been bred for the professional cut flower industry. F1 hybrid hand pollinated, you may occasionally receive the odd ‘rouge’ a colour outside your selection. Personally I love it when that happens. We would never have discovered a huge cafe au lait coloured variety in our patch of white flowers. It turned out to be Chamallow and is now our number 1 best seller alongside Marshmallow.