Spring has arrived and with it comes an abundance of Ranunculi in all sorts of brilliant colors! Ladies, I know you love this flower. Most of you know this one despite it's weird name, heck you love it so much you want to name your first born son Ranunculus, Runc for short. But seriously...here is the low down on this delicate and beautiful focal flower.
Price: Low to Mid range
Colors available: Red, White, Blush Pink, Hot Pink, Purple, Peach, Orange, Yellow
Season: These are at their peak (and cheapest) from March to July. Yes, you might find a few vendors selling them outside of this season but they are expensive and often lower quality.
Vase life: short, 5 days
Care: As with all flowers, keep them hydrated and change their water daily. Ranunculus does not like a warm environment but it also does not store well in a florists cooler. If the buds are tight and you need them to open up place them in the sunlight while keeping them very hydrated. Place them in a cool dark corner if they are already open.
In a bouquet: The stem is hollow and soft, so be gentle as you create your bouquet. This is a little more time consuming but you do have the option of wiring your stem to give it more support. This way you can bend or direct the head of the ranunculus in any direction. Just insert a floral wire inside the hollow stem until it begins to pierce the head of the bloom, and trim the excess wire at the base of the stem.
In a boutonniere, corsage, or head wreath: Use the wiring technique if necessary for these. Ranunculus is the perfect size for a boutonniere and looks beautiful on a head wreath especially. Do this the morning of your event and keep a spray bottle of cool water handy to keep the blooms hydrated as they don't like being out of water long!
In a centerpiece: I love using this flower in a centerpiece...and preferably without wiring the stem. The stems sometimes aren't straight, they bend and curve in interesting directions which makes them a perfect flower for a wild, rustic centerpiece. It's lovely to have one lone ranunculus curling itself out of your arrangement, making for a beautiful focal point.