Plants

Buttercup

Water the buttercup

The buttercup does not like drought which would lead to imperfect flowering, so it is good to intervene with frequent watering when planting and during the vegetative cycle, especially in the absence of rain. However, it will be necessary to avoid keeping the soil always moist in order to avoid asphyxiation and rottenness at the roots which then become difficult to solve. So it is best to check that the earth is draining and not very compact. The buttercup in fact wants abundant watering especially when flowering is in progress and therefore even three times a week. Generally the buttercup develops in spring and summer, while in autumn and winter it does not need special care, but if the soil is too dry it must be watered. Same thing goes for its sprouts.

Grow the buttercup


The rhizome of the buttercup must be planted in a rich, drained and soft soil where the rather thin roots are free to develop. This flower actually fears clayey and compact earth. The rhizomes are then planted in autumn in places with mild temperatures or after winter if it lives in colder areas. The same rhizomes of the buttercup do not like to stay in the frost that often causes rot. Their shape looks like a leg that is buried from about 5 to 9 centimeters deep, in relation to the size of the rhizome itself. When the rhizomes are removed from the earth, they can be divided keeping the roots for each portion obtained or they can be planted again. Another alternative is to put them in a bag with sawdust to leave in a dark place for the whole winter.

How to fertilize the buttercup


The buttercup must be fertilized during flowering, that is, from spring to summer. When planting the rhizomes of the buttercup, the earth must be enriched with possibly organic fertilizer or, at the limit, with the granular one. Fertilization is very important to obtain abundant flowering and to provide the plant with the necessary nutrients. Therefore it is good to give a fertilizer rich in potassium and low in nitrogen regularly every twenty days. If liquid is used, dilute it with water. In the event that the flower tends to wilt it is better to use a fertilizer with more phosphorus that helps the roots. There is no specific environment for the buttercup as it can be found both in gardens and among rocks or in uncultivated areas. Among the various species of buttercups, there are some hybrids such as ranunculus asiaticus which is perennial and spectacular. It produces large leaves in spring with many round flowers with a golden or dark heart.

Buttercup: Exposure and Diseases


The buttercup lives well in the sun, but spontaneously also grows in shady areas. In fact, by alternating light and shadow, this flower can gracefully embellish balconies and terraces. When some flowers wither are noticed, their flower heads must be eliminated to prevent the seeds from reaching maturity, removing strength and vigor from the specimen. Sometimes it happens that the roots that are recovered are not able to offer excellent results as they run out in a few springs, therefore it is good to leave them in the ground quietly waiting for other “legs” in autumn to replenish the root area. The main problem of the buttercup is the rot of its roots which is solved by providing less irrigation water, but at the same time avoiding that the soil can become too dry.

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