Gladiolus bulbs (10 corms)- Princess Margaret Rose ,Summer flowering, Perennial
Gladiolus is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family. It is sometimes called the 'Sword lily', but usually by its generic name. The genus occurs in Asia, Mediterranean Europe, South Africa, and tropical Africa.
We sell only top grade corms. #1’s: 12/14 cm
- Brilliant Colorful Blooms for any Garden
- Hardiness: Zones 3-10, Very Hardy
- Blooms Early to Mid Summer
- Reaches a Height of up to 5 Feet
- Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Gladiolus 'Princess Margaret Rose' corms can be planted approximately 7-10 cm deep in spring. First you should thoroughly loosen the ground and scatter a layer of sharp sand in the bottom of the planting hole. In this way, rain water is able to drain away under the corms. Place the corms approximately 10-12 cm apart. Gladioli prefer a rich, water-permeable soil. Improve garden soil by mixing in fertiliser. In winter, you should apply some lime on the soil. Mix heavy soil with sharp sand before planting. This large-flowered gladiolus likes to grow in a warm sunny spot.
Combining gladiolus 'Princess Margaret Rose
These large-flowered gladioli have striking colours. In the border you will be able to create special combinations. Try placing a group of gladioli next to Cosmos 'Flamingo' or dahlias. Combined with ornamental grasses, e.g. Japanese bloodgrass (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'), you can create a very natural effect. This large-flowered type is also excellently suitable as cut flower.
These beautiful Gladiolus feature rows of blooms on stems ranging from 48-60" tall.
Stems can support an upwards of 30 blooms which bloom at different times making the magic of the plant last. Gladiolus also make the perfect focal point in cut floral arrangements.
Will you be using the gladiolus 'Princess Margaret Rose' as a cut flower? In that case, pick the stems when the lower flower opens, preferably early in the morning. Immediately place the stems in a bucket filled with lukewarm water
How to Grow Gladiolus Bulbs:
1. In the Spring, choose a spot that is mostly sunny or has only light shade. Also make sure that drainage is good in the location that you choose. Although gladiolus will grow in lots of types
of soil, they don't like being soggy or waterlogged.
2. Planting gladiolus bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs look much like a small onion, sometimes with a spike or point on one side and sometimes with wiry roots growing out of one. Plant with the spike pointing up.
3. Follow the rule of thumb when planting bulbs and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 6-7 inch hole, drop the bulb into it and cover with soil.
4. Regarding the spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 6-8 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together.
5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
6. If there is no rain, you will need to water the glads. They prefer weekly deep watering rather than more frequent sprinkling. Try to aim for about 1 inch of water per week during active growth periods.
7. Gladiolus bulbs will flower in the summer. After the flowers die down, the plant can enjoy a warmer rest period. Try to leave the leaves on the plant until they die back naturally so that they can store sunlight and energy for the bulb.
8. In zones with mild winters, leave your gladiolus bulbs in the ground for the next growing cycle. In colder zones, to save the gladiolus bulbs to plant the following spring, lift the bulbs before the first hint of frost, cut back stems to about 1 or 2 inches above the bulb and store in a cool, dark and dry location until ready to plant again.