Ranunculus have a rose shaped flower and are a genus of the Ranunculaceae family, which includes flowers like buttercups, spearworts and water crowfoot. All species of ranunculus are poisonous to cattle, horses and other livestock. The name for ranunculus is Latin for 'little frog', ('rana' - meaning frog). Many wild species are found near water and this is probably the reason.
Ranunculus are a cheery flower and are gaining in popularity for wedding flowers. They are commercially available in lovely bright colours that include cerise, orange, yellow, gold, pink, red and white. They are available between January and the end of May. In the wholesale flower markets ranunculus are sold in wraps of 20 or 50 stems, dependant on the variety.
Stem lengths are usually an absolute maximum of 45cm.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut ranunculus please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the ranunculus in the buckets and keep upright in their wrappers so they don't bend towards the light.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the ranunculus in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.