Ranunculus bulbs resemble small bunches of dark bananas, and they should be planted with the "bananas" pointing down. The bulbs should be planted during cool spring weather in holes 2 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart in well-drained soil that receives full sunlight.
After planting, the bulbs should be watered well to help the soil settle securely around them. In the fall, roots and sprouts form, and further underground development takes place during the winter. The ranunculus plant blooms in the spring and provides many lovely flowers. The more one cuts blooms from a ranunculus plant, the more the plant will continue to bloom. At summer's end, the plant dies back and becomes dormant until the next growth cycle begins.