Sunday, September 24, 2006

My latest easytogrowbulbs order

Freesia Single Mix
Amaryllis White Christmas
Oxalis Grand Duchess Veriscolor
Ranunculus Flower Fields Collection

Those Amaryllis were only $3 per bulb, quite the bargain! I bought a dozen and will put them into my new bed along the walk in the side lot, next to the Amaryllis I found growing next to the house.

2 comments:

nancy b, winter springs said...

Here's a question: Do Ranunculus like the same type soil and sun exposure as amyrillis? I have several healthy amyrillis (sp?) and wonder abot the Ranunculus... Do they bloom at the same time or can I expect bloomig later/earlier.? I bought the ranunculus, but haven't planted them because i was wondering about them.

Central FLA Gardener said...

Here's a question: Do Ranunculus like the same type soil and sun exposure as amyrillis? I have several healthy amyrillis (sp?) and wonder abot the Ranunculus... Do they bloom at the same time or can I expect bloomig later/earlier.? I bought the ranunculus, but haven't planted them because i was wondering about them.
I'd say: same exposure (full or nearly full sun), but ranunculus needs a much moister and richer soil than amaryllis. That's not to say that an amaryllis won't thrive in enriched, moist soil, just that one of the great things about amaryllis is you can plant it in infertile, dry soil and it will thrive.

You should plant ranunculus as early as possible in the fall -- right after the start of the dry/cool season, here in Volusia that means in November. Ranunculus are not perennial at all here: they could theoretically be dug up and stored until the next cool season, but the bulbs are cheap and not worth the trouble.

My ranunculus are just now blooming, and so are a few of my early amaryllis. But most of my amaryllis bloom after my ranunculus have melted, say, the beginning of May.