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Help! Why Is My Ranunculus Sprout Wilting?

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I planted 4 ranunculus bulbs, in a 3 inch plastic pot 10 weeks ago. I had germination signs after 3 weeks; leaves are getting taller, now 4-5 inches tall. Only a couple of days ago they started to wilt, and now they are completely hanging from the sides of the container. I keep the pot in a sunny room, and I water them once weekly from beneath!!!!!!! -Amjad

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:

Flower Arrangement With Ranunculus'Sounds like you’re doing a good job. Let’s go over the basic ranunculus care and growing information and see if there is a step you may be missing.

Your new ranunculus plant should be placed in a sunny location with well-drained soil. This plant likes to live in slightly cooler temperatures. Although they can be planted in containers, the ranunculus produces a large root system.

I would say the problem is either:

  • It’s possible your plant has already out-grown it’s container.
  • It is too warm.

Try adjusting these and see if it helps! Let us know if you have any more questions.


  1. I have the exact same situation going on with my Ranunculus plants. I planted 4 bulbs in a 6 inch wide x 8 inch deep clay pot. It has been about three weeks since I first planted them, they’ve all grown to be 5- 8 inches tall and now they’re all terribly wilted . I live in Richmond Virginia and it’s been in the 90s the past few days; I think this is why they are wilting. Should I bring the pot inside??

  2. Jamie Woods says:

    Hey Melissa,
    Ranunculus don’t like the high temperatures, so this is probably what is causing them to wilt. I would either bring the pot in, or find a place that has indirect sunlight and possibly some shade, so they aren’t getting burned by the high heat.

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