General Information on Ranunculus
Ranunculus is a genus of about 600 species of vegetation in the Ranunculaceae. Members of the genus include the buttercups, spearworts, and water crowfoots. The plant petals are often extremely shiny, especially in yellow-colored varieties. Buttercups usually plant in the springtime, but blossoms may be found throughout summer season time, especially where the plants are increasing as opportunistic colonisers, as in the case of garden weeds.
Rhizomatous herbaceous plant with simple leaves and petiolate deeply incised. It has long and rigid stems, well covered with leaves even at the top, approximate 30-50 cm tall; with simple or branched stems. Their colour range is wide: in addition to classic colours (red, white, pink and yellow), you can now find Ranunculus with different shades and colours.
The Ranunculus is the second flower most sold in the flower market of San Remo (after the rose), it one of the leading items exported to San Remo: this commercial trend is rapidly increasing, both in the market of San Remo and in the Dutch auctions. After conquering the traditional European markets (Germany and Switzerland), the new varieties are emerging in Scandinavia and in the USA.
Care and Handling for ranunculus
Clean and trim stems:You’ll want to remove any leaves that will fall below the water line. This will help keep the water fresh. Cut at least 1 inch off each stem at an angled and quickly place in the water. Make sure you’re using sharp cutters to get a nice fresh cut. Dull blades tend to break stems which will ensure it is harder for them to moisturize.
Temperature:As storage temperature ranges increase, breathing and water loss increases and wilting arises. Therefore, fast chilling is imperative to eliminate area heat and significantly enhance quality and vase life of cut flowers. Cool blossoms as soon as possible and sustain a heat variety, the range of 32 to 35oF (0-2o ). Just a few additional degrees warmth can considerably reduce vase life.
Be very gentle when unwrapping your Ranunculus: Ranunculus have empty branches and so they are very vulnerable to flexing and smashing. Ranunculus generally appear covered with a plastic sleeve or covered in paper (which is more suitable to reduce wetness during their travel). Properly, eliminate the cover. The bundles of branches often get connected, so carefully release them from each other. Sometimes it’s easier if you hold the bunch upside down and cautiously shake them to reduce. If you try to take them apart you may risk taking off a totally good blossom from its stem.
Change water frequently: For the best vase life, you’ll want to re-cut and change water every 1-2 days. Ranunculus can really dirty up water quickly and so if you don’t change water frequently, you’ll soon see water get cloudy and murky which will not be good for the flowers.