Growing Buttercups

Posted : admin On 1/2/2022
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Ron Finley Teaches Gardening Ranunculus—also known as buttercups—are popular for their eye-catching pastel colors and long vase life. These vibrant bloomers are great for potting or planting in your own garden. As cut flowers, they add color to spring bouquets and vase arrangements. How to grow ranunculus Plant ranunculus in potsRanunculus plants prefer a sunny location but if you are in an especially hot climate they will tolerate som.

Buttercup bush is a lovely small, flowering shrub grown in the tropics and loved for its display of yellow flowers that appear all year long. It's also easy to grow; buttercup bush doesn't require any special tips or tricks to look beautiful. You'll often find buttercup bush grown with flowering annuals, perennials, and shrubs in garden beds and borders -- especially butterfly gardens. Because it has a relatively small size, it's a perfect foundation plant, low hedge, and container garden plant, as well.
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Growing Buttercups

Buttercup Bush Growing Instructions

Grow buttercup bush in part shade and moist well-drained soil. Once established, buttercup bush can withstand light drought, but does best when receives consistent moisture. Spreading a layer of mulch over the soil around the base of the plant can help keep it moist longer.
Buttercup bush grows well on its own, but blooms more profusely (and grows faster) when fertilized in spring and summer. You can use any general-purpose garden fertilizer as long as you follow the directions on the fertilizer packaging.
You can prune buttercup bush back at any time without harming it. Pinching the stems back from time to time will help give you a bushier, fuller plant, but this isn't required to grow buttercup bush.
Note: Buttercup bush is not intended for human or animal consumption. Butterflies love it, though!

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

  • Colors


  • Water

    Moist, well-drained soil

  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies
    Deer/rabbit resistant
    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Buttercup Bush with these varieties:
Yellow allamanda and buttercup bush make for fun, colorful companions.

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How to Grow Buttercup - Ranunculus

Buttercup flowers are members of the Ranunculus genus, a large family (about 400 species) of flowers. These bright, yellow, five-petaled summer bloomers, are native to Asia, Australia, Central America, North America and Europe. Buttercups are half hardy perennials.

Buttercup flowers look great as wildflowers, brightening up fields and hillsides. They are also at home in flower beds and rock gardens.

Child's Play: We all will likely remember this scene.... A child comes across a Buttercup flower in bloom, turns to his or her playmate and says: 'Do you like Butter?' The buttercup flower is then placed just below the chin. If your chin glows yellow, then you do indeed like butter!

Growing Buttercups is very easy. They require little or no attention. So, if you'd like to bring back few childhood memories, or just confirm whether you like butter, find a spot in your yard to grow these flowers.

While most of us think of Buttercups as a yellow flowered plant, there are also orange, pink, red and white varieties.

How to Grow Buttercup Ranunculus Plants:

Buttercups grow from seed or roots. The seed is difficult to germinate and takes weeks to sprout. Most people grow these plants from division of the roots. Divide plants in spring or fall. Or, they can be bought at your local garden store.

Buttercup plants like full sun to partial shade. They need a light soil that drains well. While they do not require a rich soil, this will help with their growth. They also prefer cooler soil. Mulch around your plants, if grown in a sunny location.

Add a general purpose fertilizer in the spring, and once a month afterwards.

Water established plants during dry periods and droughts.

Insect and plant disease do not appear to be too common. However, you may experience plant disease problems in wet, humid weather.

In the fall, add a layer of mulch in cold weather areas. This will help protect the roots during winter months.

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