If you love rich and vibrant flowers and want plants that are easy to grow but also generate stems of cut flowers then choose Persian Buttercups. The blooms are so beautiful that they are the florist’s choice.
Persian buttercups are loved the world over for their stunningly beautiful multi-layered ruffled flowers. There are many different varieties, some grow just a few centimetres high, but these special Italian varieties are the most spectacular.
They’ve been bred by specialists to produce bigger flowers on taller, stronger stems, which is why they are the florists choice.
Their other name, which is just as lovely, is the rose of the spring, and they are one of the highlights of the gardening year.
Enjoying them as cut flowers
For the longest lasting flowers, cut the blooms just as the buds show some colour and are squishy like a marshmallow, but before the blooms are fully open. Strip off the leaves and plunge the cut stems into fresh clean water and keep in a bright cool place where you can enjoy them at their best. Change the water daily and your flowers should last a week or more. The beautiful spectrum of colours will light up a room with their grace and beauty.
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Keep the pack cool and dry until planting time. The ideal planting time varies according to where you live. In the south, plant them in mid-March. In the Midlands, plant at the end of March and in the North, plant in mid-April.
Plant each claw, claw side down, 2cm/ 1in deep in a well-drained compost (like Richard Jackson’s Multi Purpose Compost) in a 15cm/6in pot and place the pots on a sheltered, sunny patio protected from strong and cold winds. Water well, and then don’t water the claws again until the shoots appear a few weeks later. The young shoots are able to cope with light frosts but if a heavy frost is forecast after the first shoots appear, then bring the pots inside and place in a cool spot indoors overnight.
Persian buttercups are easy to grow but if they get very wet for too long, the claws can rot and not grow so don’t over-water. Plant them in a well-drained, sunny spot. For convenience why not grow them in a lovely container, starting them off in the protection of a cool greenhouse and them moving them outside when they are ready to flower. For best results, feed at least once with Flower Power Premium Plant Food as the plants are growing. Your Persian buttercups should grow to around 40cm /15in high and, depending on the weather, they should start to bloom around 90 days after planting.
Growing them next year
Your Persian buttercups will flower again next year, but they are not frost hardy. So you need to feed them up while they are growing and then overwinter them somewhere cool, dry and frost free.
Once they’ve finished flowering continue feeding them with Flower Power. As the leaves begin to turn brown in the summer stop watering and let them dry out. When the leaves have completely died off, brush them off, and gently remove the new claws from each pot.
Store these in a cool, dry, frost free place during the autumn, and plant again next spring.