"It's ranunculus time at the farm. I say this about lots of things, but… ranunculus is one of my favorite flowers," said Samantha, the head farmer and florist at Sea Change Farm and Flower.
"There's nothing quite like taking a bunch of ranunculus home and watching them slowly unfurl their delicate petals over the week. It's amazing to watch a tiny-looking ranunculus bud transform into a flouncy, flowery, rose-like orb," Samantha added.
Cold-loving ranunculus like it chilly, so they plant them in January and February. Ranunculus comes in the form of hard little "corms," which are soaked in water, then left in a temperature-controlled cooler to wake up. With a heated greenhouse, it's possible to plant ranunculus in the late fall and very early winter and have them bloom earlier in the spring.
Sea Change Farm and Flower don't heat the greenhouse, so they plant later and have a later ranunculus crop than many other growers. Their ranunculus starts to bloom right as the tulips are finishing blooming and right before the first round of cold-hardy annuals begins.
Ranunculus have a great vase life of 7-'10 days, depending on how closely they are when you get them and how good you are at changing their water. These flowers also dry fairly well, either left standing up in an empty vase or hung upside down in a warm space.