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Ranunculus – Raspberry (Ranunculus asiaticus)
The Raspberry ranunculus has this unique, head-turning interesting color that is not red, not pink, and not purple. Depending on the light and their spot they seem to look different. And then the plants give these amazing flowers. Some flowers were the size of my hand! Next season you can grow your own ranunculus from bulbs.

After you have purchased the ranunculus bulbs, you can choose to join our grow-along. Together we will grow our ranunculus step-by-step with detailed videos and pictures. Via an e-mail, you can sign up for free.

When to plan
Autumn start: Start the bulbs or corms in the autumn in a greenhouse or cold frame in seed trays or small pots. Plant out in a greenhouse or low tunnel in late January to flower in March. Or plant outdoors but protected from heavy rain around the end of February. If the temperature drops below -10 C. you will have to protect the plants with horticultural fleece. If your winters are mild and your spring is rather warm (25C. or more) you have to start raspberry ranunculus in the autumn.

Late winter start: Plant in late winter (beginning of February) in a greenhouse, small cold frame, or plastic propagator in seed trays. Plant out around the end of March/early April outdoor. Plants will flower in May.

You can not start this variety of cut flower ranunculus much later than mid-February if your last frost date is around mid-May. The plants will not have enough time to develop before summer arrives. they are cool-weather plants. If your last frost date is earlier or your summer (+25C.) starts sooner, start your ranunculus in the autumn.

The rule of thumb is to space them about 20 to 25 cm apart. I plant 4 plants next to each other on a 75 cm flower bed with 4 to 5 per 1-meter bed length. Make sure you plant them in well-draining soil. Heavy wet soil may result in rotting plants.

Package contains: 10 bulbs or corms of Raspberry ranunculus
good for about 50 flower stems

Cut Flower
Ranunculus is very strong in the vase. If you change the water regularly and don’t place them in the sun or near the heating, they can stand up to 10 days in the vase! The flowers open in the vase, revealing their countless petals.

Choose the moment you start your ranunculus based on your climate zone.

If you live in The Netherlands or similar climate:
If you have a cold frame or a greenhouse you can plant the tubers in the fall and late winter. You can also make a low-budget cold frame. If you don’t have a greenhouse or don’t want to be busy caring for your plants all winter, you can plant them in late winter (early February). After 3 months of development, depending on the weather, your ranunculus will flower for about 6 weeks. Keep picking the flowers and the plants will develop new buds.

If you are located in an area with milder winters and warmer springs, you can not start your ranunculus too late in the season.

Start the bulbs by soaking in water for around 3 hours. after you have soaked and planted the bulbs you will have to keep them frost-free for two weeks until you see roots emerging.

The soil should not be waterlogged. The bulb and roots will start rotting if your soil is not free draining. You can prevent this by adding potting soil, or compost mixed with playing sand to raise your garden beds. If your beds are still too low or you are on very heavy clay you can create some raised beds with wood.

When the temperatures begin to rise (25+ C.), the plants will go into dormancy. By shading the plants you can extend the flowering period a little.

Ranunculus are suitable to grow in pots. Plant a maximum of 3 plants in a 15-liter size container. Do give them regular plant nutrition and start with fresh potting soil. Make sure that the soil does not dry out completely.


Weight 45 g


Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Plant distance

15 – 20 cm

Flower height

45 – 60 cm


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