Apr 2, 2019
This week we discuss one of the prettiest flowers to grow, Ranunculus asiaticus. Early spring is the time to start them, so now that it looks like spring is really coming (knock on wood) we thought we would discuss our successes and failures and Heather's field trials with succession plantings.
They are a bit of work to optimize, but when you get it right, they are fabulous!
We also discuss:
· Pre-sprout processes
· Pests and diseases
· Harvesting and vase life
Documents referenced in this episode are:
Kingsbury, N. 2016. Garden Flora. The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants in Your Garden. Timber Press Inc. 368 pp.
Armitage, Allan M. J.M. Laushman. 2003. Specialty Cut Flowers. The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers. Timber Press Inc. 586 pp.
Heather also wrote an article on her succession planting adventures which can be found on the Unicorn Blooms website at Unicorn Blooms: Ranunculus Succession Planting
Our theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing was completed by the brilliant Laura Eccleston.