That flower that every bride loves but has no idea how to say, Ranunculus! They are one the most requested bridal blooms and a personal favorite!!! What makes these pretty ladies so special? It’s those show stopping ruffle like petals and intricate folds that get us every time. Even better, Ranunculus come in a variety of bold colors ranging from white, yellow and green to pink, red, orange, peach and purple. Check out how gorgeous they look in bridal bouquets and centerpieces!!!
Planning A Wedding? DIY Bride? Aspiring Floral Designer?
Here is what you need to know:
- Peak Season is Spring to Early Summer but certain colors and varieties can be obtained all year round. However, availability can be unpredictable in the off season.
- These small ( about the size of a quarter ) but bold blooms pack a powerful punch of wow but it will cost you! By the stem you can expect to pay about $2.5 – $3 retail and even more in an arrangement.
- Ranunculus are a delicate bloom. The petals have a tissue paper like quality and are easily damaged. The Stems can also be flimsy so be prepared for a lot of breakage.
Working with Ranunculus
- Always use a sharp scissor so you don’t crush the stems.
- I recommend quick dipping ( a hydrating solution for delicate blooms ) and placing them alone in a smaller vase to drink and open up. When placed in a large bucket with large heavy flowers they can get lost and become damaged quite easily.
- When placing Ranunculus into a bouquet or vase arrangement, I always add them last. I start of with the heaver bulkier flowers and thread these in last because they are so delicate. In larger bouquets or foam arrangements, I also suggest using spiked water tubes and gluing them into the arrangement. This allows you to place them at any angle and avoid breakage by trying to jam them into the foam.
- When placing these small blooms into an arrangement I like to pop them up slightly above the surface so they can really open up. If they are tucked in tight they will stay small and tight and you may loose open airy look. I also like to cluster the for maximum impact.
If you don’t have access to wholesale suppliers, here are some places you can find what you need!
Michaels Arts and Crafts sells a bevy of floral supply and tools. The Ashland Line offers floral foam, wire, glue, picks, water tubes and frames @ http://www.michaels.com/shop/categories?q=Ashland%20floral
Fifty Flowers, www.fiftyflowers.com is another great resource
FiftyFlowers provides wholesale flowers delivered fresh and direct from the farm to your doorstep. DIY Brides, event planners, and florists come to FiftyFlowers for the variety of flowers available, excellent customer service, and trustworthiness of a company that has delivered premium, fresh cut flowers for over 80,000 events.
We are active through our Facebook page, our blog, and our Pinterest page keeping up with trends and inspiration for the upcoming and current wedding season(s). Additionally, we have in-house flower design consultations, a service that our brides-to-be often utilize, completely free of charge!
FiftyFlowers Customer Care 1-877-507-6737