Gladiolus Zorro

Gladiolus Zorro

Out of season.


Species:x grandiflorus
Climate:Cool to Mediterranean
Aspect:Full Sun
Supplied as:Bulbs
Water needs:3

Claret red blooms for an absolutely classy show.

Gladiolus are bright and beautiful summer flowers. Their tall stems look stylish at the back of a border or bed, along a fence line or planted in a clump.

A trick of the trade is to plant your Gladioli bulbs in batches over a few weeks. This will extend the flowering show. When planting in warm weather allow 90 days to flower and cooler weather 110 days.

The flowers of Gladioli are excellent for picking, we recommend picking them as the first bud opens to get the longest vase life from them. It is a good idea to pick in the morning before the heat of the day.

Gladioli grow 1-2m tall and 15cm across.

Plant corms in a sunny, spot into prepared soil. To prepare the soil, add lots of well-rotted animal manure or compost. This improves the nutrients to the soil and can increase the quality of the flowers into the future. Ideally, work the manure through the soil 4-6 weeks before planting, digging deeply to ensure good drainage. If you miss the chance do it at the time of planting. Gladioli should be planted in an open position and their stems kept clear of weeds.

June to December. Earlier plantings can be undertaken in warmer areas. Plant 12 cm deep and space 12-18 cm apart. When planting in warm weather allow 90 days to flower and cooler weather 110 days.

As the foliage grows add a light, top dressing of fertiliser. If there is poor air flow, fungus can occur, you can control this by spraying with a suitable fungicide. In warm weather, Gladioli can be affected by Thrip (minute black insects) they can greatly affect the growth of Gladioli when they attack. Control these by spraying regularly with an insecticide. Watering is needed in hot weather, especially when flowers start to show. Mulch to conserve water. Gladioli grow 1-2m tall and around 15cm across.

If you are lifting your corms, you can dig around 4-6 weeks after flowering, when the foliage has browned. After digging, spread the corms out to dry. remove any old roots and stems once they have dried out. Always dry your corms as quickly as possible after lifting, as this is the danger period for fungus. Store corms and cormlets in a cool, airy place and it is a good idea to dust with an insecticide. The smaller Cormlets will usually flower in their second season. In soil with good drainage you can leave your Gladioli in the ground.

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