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Ranunculus Flowers 101 for (Wholesale) Florists | Varieties, Availability & More

Ranunculus comes from a large family called Ranunculaceae, a family with many famous flowers.  Aconitum, Delphinium, and Peony also belong to this family. Ranunculus is originally from Central Asia. How the flower finally found her way to Europe is not entirely clear. Our best guess is that the flowers looked so beautiful that visiting sailors simply had to take them home.

In this 101 guide, you can discover everything you need to know about this fascinating cut-flower. Click the topic you’d wish to know more about, or just keep scrolling to read it all!

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Availability

How It’s Grown

Varieties, Colors, and Shapes

Care Tips

Symbolism

Design Suggestions

Availability

Ranunculus is a seasonal flower, but as with so many other flowers, the availability has increased a lot over the years. The best season to order Ranunculi remains January until May, however.

Ranunculus is grown in the Netherlands, Germany, Ethiopia, and Italy. The flower is not available from May to September, but this can vary per year due to the weather conditions in the various countries.

How It’s Grown

Are you curious about how your Ranunculi are being grown? So were we! That’s why we paid a visit to one of our trusted growers: Monarch Flowers. They showed us around and told us about their growing process.

You can find even more information about the growing process on the YouTube channel of Monarch Flowers:

Ranunculus Varieties, Colors, and Shapes

Ranunculus is available in a broad range of colors: white, pink, orange, red, yellow, purple, and cream in various shades. What’s more: there are many different variations. Below, we’ll highlight the most important and famous for you.

Butterfly and Romance Ranunculus

These varieties are rather new but have already proven themselves as excellent additions to the family. Both bring a very good vase-life to the table, which makes them very popular.

Butterfly Ranunculi are characterized by their unique singular flower structure.

The variety Romance is characterized by the big flower heads and long, sturdy stems.

Do you want to read more about these two great varieties? Then be sure to also read this blog.

An example of Ranunculus Romance
An example of Ranunculus Romance

Cloony Ranunculus

Another great variety. Not to be confused with that famous actor, who has an “e” before the “y”. Although we think they are just as handsome.

The lush blooms with their countless delicate petals are a feast for the eye.

And there are quite a few, as you can see from the picture below! To discover all their names, head over to the special Cloony-corner of our blog.

numbered list of cloony varieties

Marshmallow

Have you ever seen Ranunculi like this before? Marshmallow Ranunculus is a very trendy variety! Just to give you an impression, you can find a few pictures below. For current availability, please check our webshop. Which ones will your customers love?

Ranunculus Marshmallow Blue

Marshmallow Blue

Ranunculus Marshmallow Brown

Marshmallow Brown

Ranunculus Marshmallow Green

Marshmallow Green

Ranunculus Marshmallow Grey

Marshmallow Grey

Ranunculus Marshmallow Hot Pink

Marshmallow Hot Pink

Ranunculus Marshmallow Pink

Marshmallow Pink

Ranunculus Marshmallow Salmon

Marshmallow Salmon

Ranunculus Marshmallow Violet

Marshmallow Violet

Ranunculus Flowers Care Tips

Check the flowers when you receive them, the flower bud should be closed (for a significant part). Ranunculi got hairy stems; which are sensitive to water. So be careful with how much water you put in the bucket. It is better to refill regularly than to drown your flowers in too much water from the beginning!

Symbolism

When the beautiful petals open and the heart appears you see the real beauty of the flower. The symbolism of this beautiful flower is wealth, happiness, and festivity.

Design combinations

The flower is favorite at weddings because it’s easy to combine with other romantic looking (spring) flowers like Tulips or Muscari. Combining different colors in a bouquet looks beautiful as well. Ranunculus flowers are easy to mix with other flowers, and they fit almost every bouquet and budget.

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