Gladiolus BULBSlan- Jessica, PERENNIAL FLOWERS
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
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.
This is a follow up to my rant about not receiving my order of gladiolus corms. They arrived at planting time as they should have but these were my first experience with this flower and I was unaware they were summer bloomers. Jessica has a lovely color with a slight bit of pink that makes them look less orange than these photos and even prettier. Caribbean Garden may be the only supplier in the US as they are not offered on any other website I use. The corms were bigger than expected and very fresh. I was so pleased I ordered them again.
What I did receive was one fi5th of my order, 10 allium bulbs that appeared to be in good order. I received no gladiolus, as they were back ordered.