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I love ranunculus and just bought some gorgeous yellow ones at Trader Joes. I've never bought ranunculus before. The day after I put them in water, a few of them were starting to bend and break at various points in their stems. The next day, a few more. It's not just the big blooms, some of the smaller buds are completely bent and hanging. I cut them above the bend and I'm floating them in water, but they're not going to last very long.
Is this normal for this species of flower? How do you keep the standing straight and tall after you add them to water? They don't just bend at the point where the vase ends. It's very strange.
The only thing I can tell you is that they are one gorgeous posey, but I have never had any luck with them. I can't even keep them thriving potted 10 minutes after purchase so have never had the pleasure of trying to cut them, I just can't get them to do anything. Sorry for not being of any help on this, but at least you got them to the cut stage.
I do have some ranunculus, and I don't remember them bending as you described. I did not have very many before and have mostly left them in the ground. Last year, I planted a few more, and divided some of the older bunches. They should be blooming in about a month or so. I'll pick some then and watch how they behave. Will get back to this thread. They are lovely flowers.
Puppieskitties - hope you are still keeping watch on this Thread LoL
This photo is for you - these flowers have been in the vase for almost 5 days. Some do look a little worn, and a few have wilted stems. However, there are many with fairly straight stalks, especially the red and the salmon ones. With some removal out of the bad ones, and recutting a few, I may be able to get away with an arrangement in a smaller vase for one more day. So, it looks like some varieties are sturdier than others, but 4 days is not a bad track record for a cut flower. I hope that all my patches will come back next year.