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Tuesday - April 11, 2006

From: Fallston, MD
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Orientation of roots of Ranunculus
Answered by: Dean Garrett

QUESTION:

I need to know how to plant "Ranunculus". I don't know which way to put the rhizomes/bulbs in the ground. Do they go flat side down or strange long tubular things upward ?

ANSWER:

The tuberous roots go "strange long tubular things" downward. Think of the shape of an octopus or a small bunch of bananas as you orient the root.
 

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