planted in rows for cut-flower use. Dig a trench about 15 cm deep. Place
the bulbs with their pointed ends up about 15 cm apart and cover with 5 cm
of soil. In a flower border, plant a group of at least 10 bulbs for best
effect. Cover with remaining soil. Water well and add 5 cm of mulch to
conserve moisture and keep the roots cool. Begin planting in mid spring and
continue to plant every two weeks until mid-July for flowers throughout the
summer. Bulbs will bloom from 70-100 days from planting, depending on the
lateness in the season. Tall-growing varieties may need staking. Water well
throughout the growing season. Fertilize when the flower spikes first
appear and after the flowers are picked.
Dig up the corms 4-6 weeks after the flowers fade. Remove as much soil as
possible and cut off flower stalk 2-3 cm above corm. Dry and store the
bulbs indoors for the winter. Hardy in zones 8-11.
- In fall, plant in almost any type of well-drained garden
soil in full sun. Plant the corms 10-15 cm apart in clumps approximately 8
cm deep. Fertilize when planting with any 5-10-5 fertilizer but avoid
animal manure, since it may encourage rot. Mulch over the winter for
protection. Hardy in zones 5-10.
highly pest resistant and bloom happily in full sun or partial shade. Their
shorter overall height means you can use them in the middle or fronts of
borders and beds. They also do exceptionally well in patio containers or
even window boxes, where viewing their rich cascades of 8-10 cm flowers up
close is a special pleasure. Glaminis are
also splendid in your vase. Care is no more difficult than for any
gladiolus. Simply plant 8 cm deep in sun or partial shade and space 8-10 cm
apart. Glaminis can be
lifted approximately 8-10 weeks after flowering. Dry the bulbs and let them
overwinter in a cool, dark, frost-free location.