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Help! Why Is My Ranunculus Sprout Wilting?

Ask The Plant Expert:

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.

  3. Cynthia Sweetser says:

    My bulbs are doing the same thing. Those first leaves are long and gangly and then wilted all of a sudden. They are on a screened in porch that gets sun thru the screen about 6 hrs a day. I water them when the soil is dry every few days but check them daily.

  4. Dani James says:

    Hi Cynthia!
    Ranunculus like a cooler temperature, so it might be too warm for them at their current location. They also have large root bases, so it could be that they have already outgrown their current place. Hope that helps!