The main attraction of ranunculus flowers are the bright, delicate petals. These blooms are also known for their long life after cutting, making them particularly good for florists and in-home decor. The Tecolote variety is most popular, due to its large 3- to 6-inch-wide flowers. It's also good news that ranunculus bulbs are easy to grow.
Choose a full-sun area of your garden. Plant in early fall for blooms the following spring. Dig up the soil, about 6 to 8 inches down with your shovel. If you have a clay soil, work organic materials into the dirt, such as compost, peat moss or decomposed manure. This will improve the drainage of the soil.
Use a trowel to dig holes for the ranunculus bulbs, 4 to 6 inches apart and about 2 inches deep. Although these bulbs don't require fertilizer, if you have naturally poor soil, you can put some bulb fertilizer in each hole. Follow the manufacturer's direction for the particular fertilizer you purchase.
Drop a bulb into each hole. The bulbs are shaped like tiny bunch of bananas, which makes it easy to tell which side of the bulb is planted downwards. As you look at the bulb, place the bottom of the banana shapes into the bottom of the hole. Cover the hole with soil.
Water the planted area thoroughly. Do not water ranunculus again during the dormant stage. Once sprouts appear, you may water them if nature does not provide enough moisture to keep the soil damp.
Cut the blooms for indoor use. The more they are cut, the more stems and blooms the plants will create. It also helps to dead head (snip off dead flowers) this plant.
Cut the foliage when it begins to appear yellow and brown. Before this, the bulbs are still receiving nutrients from sunshine and should not be removed.