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Learn how to care for buttercups along with its history and classification details.

how to care for buttercups

Hardiness Zone: 8-11
Soil Type: Acidic
Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
Annual or Perennial: Perennial
Type: Flower

History: The buttercup flower is native to many parts of Europe, especially in the northern latitudes. It is thought to have originated in Greece, Turkey, and Iran. It was brought over to North America and now can be found in many states. Some forms are found in parts of Asia.

How to Care for Buttercup

Common questions and details on how to care for Buttercup.

How do I plant buttercups?

Plant the bulbs or tubers in fall for a glorious spring display. Growing Ranunculus flowers requires well-drained soil and full sun for best results. Soak the tubers and then plant then with the roots or fingers pointed downward at a depth of 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 cm.), depending on the size of the bulbs.

When is the best time to plant?

The best time to plant buttercups is spring (March to April).

How do I propagate buttercups?

You can propagate Persian buttercups by dividing the tubers and removing offsets in autumn. This is the most common method of propagation.

Can I grow buttercups in a pot?

Yes, you can grow buttercups in a pot.

How much should I water buttercups?

Buttercups should be watered a few times a week.

How do I care for buttercups with fertilizer?

Buttercups prefer to be fertilized frequently.

When do buttercups bloom?

The blooming period of the common buttercup starts in May and lasts through August.

Buttercup Meaning

The buttercup flower is known to symbolize joy, youth, purity, happiness, and friendship.

Buttercups, bright eyed and bold, hold their chalices of gold to catch the sunshine and the dew.

~Julia Caroline Dorr

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