Gladioli Bulbs and Flowers
Gladioli Bulbs or corms, and gladiolus plant profile, cultural notes and growing tips. Specialist gladioli species and cultivar. Gladioli make a fantastic cut flower and are easy to grow in the home garden, a sunny position and a little fertilizer and away they go. Species gladioli are also available from specialist nurseries.
Gladioli prefer a warm well grained sunny position. A little blood and bone and a complete fertilizer should be worked well into the soil before planting bulbs or corms.
Water gladioli during the summer months but not over winter.
If you dig in some well rotted compost and aged animal manure (cow or sheep) then you will find that gladioli require just a little extra each year. We do use regular waterings of a liquid seaweed fertilizer as the plants begin to grow. After the season is over and we lift the corms, we usually dig in a little more compost, this seems to be enough fertilizer for our gladiolus.
Water well during the growing period, a good soaking 1 – 2 times a week until the flowers have died back.
Many people lift gladiolus bulbs over winter, and for many reasons this is the right thing to do in terms of disease, bulb rot in wet periods and also flower production. However do not let this stop you, they may be left undisturbed for a few years, just top dress with a complete fertilizer after removing old foliage. Gladioli make great cut flowers.
Gladioli Bulb Care.
Gladioli require little care although many gardeners will lift bulbs in autumn to winter and replant spring to prevent bulbs from rotting. Many are tall growing, and with such heavy flowers can tend to fall over in windy conditions, especially if damp. Choose a spot that is protected from strong winds, and consider ‘plant hoops’ to protect blooms.
Planting Gladioli Bulbs.
Gladioli bulbs ( corms) can be planted from late winter or early spring through to late spring. (successive plantings will give successive flowers) Plant bulbs 10cm deep and about 10cm apart.
Not the same great big colorful blooms that we are used to, but some very attractive flowers. Gladiolus nanus ( Queen Wilhelmina Gladiolus ), Gladiolus alatus, Gladiolus flanaganii, Gladiolus geardii, Gladiolus mureliae are a few to look for.
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