• Laura

Anemone and Ranunculus

Updated: Jul 24

My dream when starting a cut flower farm was to grow anemone and ranunculus. I wasn't really sure how it was done In this climate and this was the first thing I set out to learn. I was too late to order them through commercial channels the first year, and only got my hands on a few at premium prices. I planted them too late and they all rotted. Nevermind; on to this spring.

I ordered in plenty of time and got the white anemone with the black center that I had hoped for along with salmon and pink ranunculus. Over the winter I took the Floret course and learned just what I needed to do to get these precious beauties growing. Since we finished the hoophouse last year I now had the perfect location for growing them. My only problem was that we were going away in the late winter and I was afraid to plant before we returned. The corms had been soaked and were waiting in crates, ready to go when we returned in early March, which was really too late plant. But I got lucky and we had a long, long cool spring. I won't press my luck like that again. This year they will be planted in the fall!

As with many things in gardening or farming, big things come from tiny seeds. Ranunculus are this way, too. The gnarled little corms look like they could never produce anything beautiful, and even when they are planted there is nothing much to see. Then you wait and wait and suddenly they start producing and the pump out flowers like nobody's business. I cannot wait to grow them again next year and will dedicate a large part of the hoophouse to them over the winter. Along with the anemone, I expect to have quite a crop. They are absolutely worth the effort.