On March 28, I posted a photo of Ranunculus andersonii in peak flowering form. However, there were many other plants in flower that were beyond their peak flowering such as the one in the attached photograph. Our weather will be in the low to mid 60s for a few weeks with intermittent rain.
My question is, given the above information, how long will it be until the seed on these will be ready to harvest? I know that the seed must be collected while still in the green stage provided that the seed will easily detach from the seed head.
Is there anyone in the forum who would like to venture a guess as to when the seed may be ready for harvest? The drive to the area is about one hour and I'd like to make as few trips as possible considering the price of gas in our area.
Thank you and Kind Regards,
Re: Ranunculus andersonii revisited (depending on info I can...
Hi James . Last year I took pictures of Ranunculus glaberrimus in full flower on June 21 at 5700ft in the Wenatchee Mountains . When I returned on July 26 a lot of the seed had gone . I think 3 - 4 weeks after peak flowering would have been best for this species and it's possible it maybe the same for R.andersonii . The New Zealand ranunculus are 2 - 3 months depending on the species .
I hope you get there in time to harvest some seed. If you are too early - just enjoy the time in the mountains :)
I have no experience with this species but some of the mediterranean types can ripen their seed in a matter of 2 or 3 weeks I've found in my garden.
Do post some pics of the ripening seed-heads when you next visit.