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Growing Guide: How to Grow Italian Ranunculus

Growing Guide: How to Grow Italian Ranunculus

What are Italian Ranunculus?

Italian Ranunculus are a variety of the Ranunculus flower grown in Italy. These flowers are prized for their delicate and showy blooms that come in a range of colors, including white, pink, salmon, and more.

The large, ruffled petals and unique textures make Italian Ranunculus a popular choice for weddings, special events, and other celebrations. These flowers are grown in Italy, and as a result, they may offer specific benefits in terms of quality, uniformity, and disease resistance compared to ranunculus grown in other regions.

Italian Ranunculus require well-drained soil and regular watering to thrive, and they are typically grown as annuals or perennials, depending on the climate. With their romantic and sophisticated appearance, Italian Ranunculus are sure to add a touch of beauty and elegance to any floral arrangement.

Quick Facts

USDA Zones: Hardy 8-10 and Suitable 4-7

Planting Depth: 1-2" inches

Sunlight: Full Sun

Water: Moderate with growth

Quality First

Ranunculus grow from bulbs that resemble little claws. Large bulbs will contain more stored food energy than smaller bulbs, giving you a much stronger plant with more flowers. DutchGrown supplies the largest Ranunculus bulbs so you can enjoy the biggest and brightest blooms this summer!

Italian Ranunculus Corms


Before planting your Ranunculus bulbs, place them in a container filled with water for 1 hour. This provides cooling moisture for the bulb as it is stimulated into growth. The warm, spring soil pressed against the bulb evaporates the moisture as the buds emerge. This allows the plant to avoid any issues of rotting. With the appropriate preparation, the bulbs offer stems growing from 18-24" inches tall with luscious flowers facing the sun.


The bulbs initially need moisture to activate spring and summer growth so it is important to find a location with full sunlight and well-draining soil. If you plant your bulbs in a shady spot, it will not provide the necessary warmth and photosynthesizing energy.


Make sure you do not overwater the bulbs one they have been planted. Soggy/wet conditions will lead to failed growth and potential rotting issues. After the first watering session, keep an eye out for dry areas. If the area does become dry, give the soil a water to keep moisture supplied to the bulbs.

How to Plant

  • Plant your Italian Ranunculus bulbs in the spring as soon as they arrive.
  • Soak your bulbs in water for around 1 hour before planting - this provides cooling moisture for the bulb as it is stimulated into growth.
  • Find a sunny spot with well-draining soil.
  • Dig holes 1-2 inches deep and space your bulbs 2-4 inches apart from each other.
  • Place the bulbs with the claws facing downwards.
  • Give a good watering to settle but do not overwater.

Why Italian Ranunculus?

The Italian Ranunculus collection is an improved alternative to the common Ranunculus. The genetic improvements consist of longer stems, increased productivity and larger blooms with many more petals! They are also much more capable of thriving in a broader range of climates.

How to grow Italian Ranunculus

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