Every year, I try to expand the flower crop at Painted Tulip with different varieties I am interested in, hear about from other growers, or would like to learn more about. So this season I decided to try Ranunculus. People are in love with this unique winter/ spring beauty. This fall I bought some tubers from a Maryland grower who had ordered too many. We chose a beautiful pink.
Ranunculus at my farm will be a bit tricky because they loves cool temps, between 40-60 degrees F. This makes the flower really a winter crop, but Vermont winters are unpredictable. I am going to put some into a cold frame next month. This will keep the plants outside during the cold weather they want to be in, but protect them from the harsh elements we see here in the North. It is hard to justify the efforts of growing in December, January, February in Vermont when the average outside temperature is in the teens. We will try our luck and see what happens.
We must re-hydrate them and pre-sprout them in trays before putting them in the ground.
Stay tuned, to see our garden grow!