We are often asked how we get our ranunculus started and if we pre-sprout them. Over the last ten years of growing these beauties, we have tried several different methods and honed in on what works best for us. We have explained the steps of getting our fall planted ranunculus ready but have decided that a picture or should I say a video shows a great deal more of how we prep the corms. This is by no means the only way to prep the corms, several other farmers do no pre-sprout while others use different mediums to sprout the corms. We have a small patch of corms that we planted directly into a bed in our hoophouse that had no treatment at all. We want to see if the germination rate is still the same while eliminating an additional step. Each farm and farmer has to use the steps that work best for them, on their farm and in their growing zone.
We are directing you to our Youtube Channel where you will find the videos of "Pre-sprouting Ranunculus". There are two different videos that deal with the subject, so check them both out. As always please feel free to ask questions or make a comment. Also take a look at other videos that we are offering for view.
If all goes as planned by the end of the year we should have beautiful little seedlings growing along and developing a nice root system.
It will take some effort to protect them through the cold winter months. In the photo above you can see we are always prepared with frost blankets of agribon 50 to cover the seedlings when temperatures drop below freezing. If you look all the way to the back of the house, there are additional frost blankets folded and hanging at the ready if the days and nights are extra chilly.
Come about mid-March when the day-length gets to about 12 hours and temperatures warm, the signal to bloom is met and the glorious colors of spring begin to explode.
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