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Gladiolus collection

gladioli collection

1 collection £14.98
£44.97 £29.98
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: half hardy (will need some winter protection)

    The gladioli in this collection make colourful additions to the border, are well-suited to pots and if cut as soon as the buds start to show colour, the flowers will make excellent and long-lasting additions to the vase. Plant them out in a sunny spot after the frosts approximately 10-15cm deep and 10-15cm apart, into rich, well-drained soil. In milder areas, they can be left to naturalise, but should be protected in winter with a deep, dry winter mulch. Alternatively trim the stems back to 5cm after the first hardy frost, lift the corms and remove any excess soil before drying them upside down in a frost-free room for a few days. They can then be stored in an airy, cool but frost-free place until planting again the following spring.

    In each collection you will receive 10 corms of each of the following cultivars:

    Gladiolus × colvillii The Bride: Flaring, funnel-shaped white flowers with a greenish yellow flash on the lower tepals, form in small spikes from early spring to early summer. An elegant hybrid, which when planted in drifts through the border can be used to create vertical interest. Grows to 60cm.

    Gladiolus Robinetta: Each magenta-red flower has paler markings on the lip tepals, creating a vibrant burst of colour from early summer. Stunning when planted with rich blue, purple and plum, they also make a handsome accompaniment to plants with silver foliage. Grows to 45cm.

    Gladiolus Nymph: Slender pointed buds form along the willowy flower spikes and open to 5cm wide white flowers, each with creamy white and magenta-red markings. These pretty bicoloured flowers are useful for adding colour to the early summer planting scheme. Grows to 70cm.

  • Garden care: Plant corms 10cm deep and 10-15cm apart, on a bed of sharp sand to aid drainage. In frost-prone areas, lift them when the leaves turn yellow-brown, dip the corms in fungicide and store in a dry, frost-free place over winter.
  • CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
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