Ranunculus and Anenomes were new to me two years ago. New varieties have made them very popular for wedding work and very desirable by florists, so I thought I would give them a try. I have not had the greatest experience with them but, mistakes can smarten you up, sometimes. I am determined to get them right.
They grow well in pots as well in an area not too windy, a mistake I made last year. But in our climate (Zone 5b) they have to be pulled and stored over winter each year, which add to the labour involved.
I start them on early February by soaking and pre-sprouting to give them a jump start, as they bloom about 90 days later. I have had a struggle with locating them in a spot where the wind and Hot sun won’t do them in. I think I have the problem licked this year so Spring is looking up!
I do admit to trying an experiment over the winter to see what I had to do to improve my chances of not having to dig up my tubers and corms. Fall planted Ranunculus & Anenomes are more productive than Spring planted and our Climate makes it impossible to have fall plantings of them. So I planted out a small number of tubers & corms in the fall, surrounded by a thick layer of straw. Then I added a very healthy amount of mulched leaves covering them and then covered the whole area as a low tunnel. They looked good at the end of December, but January was very cold and so is February at the moment. I am worried that they may not have made it but if they do I know what I need to do next fall so I can do fall plantings now!