The Ranunculus multi-layered petals are an absolute feast for the senses as they open. When the delicate, paper thin layers unfurl, they reveal gorgeous tone on tone colors, giving a completely unique look to every bloom. With their many petals, Ranunculus look like mini-Peonies, 1-4 inches wide (2.5-10 cm). Stems are 10-20 inches long (25-50 cm). They come in many colors, including white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. Receiving Ranunculus as buds, or with a tight cut point, you can expect anywhere from 5-7 days vase life.
Species: Ranunculus asiaticus
Origin: Native to Crete and Southwestern Asia
Symbolizes: Ranunculus represent radiant charm and beauty.
Also Known As: Persian Buttercup
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 3-7 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Look for flowers with no mechanical damage and no bent necks. Ranunculus should have many petals resembling peonies and be about 1-4 inches wide (2.5-10 cm). Avoid flowers with limp stems and/or petals, brown stem tips, brown centers, yellow or burned edges on leaves.
Stems are hollow and brittle so take care when placing into foam. Prone to wilting. Make sure foam is kept well hydrated. Use higher density foam to support large stems.
With their profusion of tissue thin petals, Ranunculus make a fabulous addition to any bouquet and arrangement. Because they are available in so many colors, they are incredibly versatile and can be classy and elegant, bright and cheery, or pretty and pastel depending on the look you are seeking. Artfully arranged in clusters as stand-alone arrangements, or in bouquets mixed with other flowers, Ranunculus give a superb look to any design. Though you can use them in foam they will last longer in a vase.
Pest & Disease Information
Vulnerable to botrytis. Avoid getting water on blooms. Ranunculus are prone to botrytis when blooms are over saturated.
Leaf blackening/yellowing, ethylene sensitivity and fungal infection are the top 3 issues with Ranunculus. They are ethylene sensitive so insist that your supplier treats with an ethylene action inhibitor to protect against exposure. Do not store or display near ripening produce or products that produce ethylene. Their stems tend to be naturally bendy. They rarely grow straight, which adds to their natural aesthetic. But they can be quite delicate as they are hollow. You may find it easier to hold these flowers upside down when handling to prevent breakage. Their delicate nature means they can look small or wilted upon arrival, but with proper hydration and care, they will soon regain their shape and vibrance. Ranunculus are best hydrated with their protective sleeve intact. Leave stems in their packaging until hydrated.
For optimal care of Ranunculus, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.