How to Care for Ranunculus Plants


Ranunculus plants (R. asiaticus) are herbaceous perennials that grow from tubers. Desirable for their large, showy flowers that features layers of paper-thin petals, these flowers are not only easy to grow, but inexpensive and hardy as well. Ranunculus plants come in a wide range of colors, from the palest pink to a vibrant orange. They also make terrific container plants and last for a long time as cut flowers, according to information published by the National Gardening Association, making ranunculus a can't miss-choice for almost any home gardener.

Step 1

Place or plant your ranunculus flowers in a location that receives a full day's worth of sunlight. These plants need plenty of sun in order to bloom well, according to information published by North Carolina State University.

Step 2

Select a location where the soil drains well. The tubers will quickly rot if left to sit in very soggy soil, according to information published by the National Gardening Association. Do not plant ranunculus where standing water develops, or where flooding occurs.

Step 3

Plant ranunculus tubers 1 to 2 inches deep (only 1 inch deep in clay soil). The tubers are shaped a bit like claws. Make sure the point of the claw is facing downward. Space each tuber about 5 inches from the next.

Step 4

Water thoroughly after planting, and cover the planting site with 3 inches of mulch. Water again only when you see them sprouting, which should take a couple of weeks or longer.

Step 5

Remove the tubers after the flowers die back and discard them, as they will just rot in most soils after flowering, according to the National Gardening Association. Or, you can try to dry them out and use them again next year. Wait until the flowers and foliage die back, then dig them up and cut off the tops of the stems. Store them in a cool, dry place for the winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Watering tool
  • Mulch
  • Clippers (optional)


  • National Gardening Association: Prolific and Terrific: Ranunculus
  • North Carolina State University: Ranunculus

Who Can Help

  • National Arboretum: USDA Growing Zone Map
Keywords: caring for ranunculus, R. asiaticus care, growing ranunculus plants

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April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.