I need some help with what to do next.
Ranunculus Cafe Caramel. I could not resist the colour of those blooms. How could I? Those colours a just so sumptuous, don't you think? Having researched a bit at time of purchase, I found that they are hardy down to minus 3 and since the conditions we were experiencing at the time was around the same - I decided not to put all my eggs in one basket, so to speak. I put 4 tubers (soaked etc.) into a large pot to be kept in the cold frame and the remainder into small individual pots on the kitchen windowsill. I am pleased that out of 10 tubers, 9 have sprouted. For obvious reasons the ones in the cold frame are quite behind the others in the warmth of the kitchen. This should, I suppose, in theory, extend the flowering season.
Cautious that the conditions in the ground may prove a little too damp, I feel they will fair better in containers. I think the time is right to be potting the ones growing in individual pots into one large container. I want them in a large container for better impact. They appear to be getting rather leggy where they are at the moment. On tipping them out, I find that they all have a good root system in place.
When I pot them up into their final pot, am I able to put them directly into a cold greenhouse immediately or should they be conditioned first? I have use of a neighbour's cold greenhouse for a few weeks, until she uses it herself for tomatoes. Or could I simply pot them up and use a cloche to provide a bit of protection instead of having them under the cover of a greenhouse? Maybe there is another option that I haven't thought of?
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Naturally, I am extremely grateful for any help or advice you'd like to through my way. I know that many of you have given me your advice freely in the past and I hope some kindly soul will point me in the right direction this time too.
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