Ranunculus ‘Purple Jean’
Ranunculus ‘Purple Jean’ has a unique, almost dusty appearance, opening with darker purple buds but then opening to paler, silvery lilac, mauve with violet centres, truly beautiful.
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.
This variety is breed to be slightly more heat tolerant, the flowers are huge blooming on long strong stems.
Use the huge flowers for bouquets and arrangements, the side buds make amazing buttonholes and corsages!
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.
Autumn started corms blooms from the end of March right through April usually finishing around the beginning of May. However a cold Spring will delay the start of flowering.
Late Winter / early Spring started corms generally flower for us from around the middle of May and continue blooming well into June. A warm Spring will bring flowering forward and a cold Spring will delay flowering.
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 buckets of clean clear water. We rest our stems in a cool dark location for at least a few hours in water, preferably overnight, 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 ‘rogue’ a colour outside your selection. Personally I love it when that happens. We would never have discovered the 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 and Porcelaine.