Large-Flowered Gladioli - TuberGladiolus sp
Gladioli, summer flowers in beautiful colours.
Large flowered gladiolas are what you want in a summer flower. These are very prolific and the colours are so beautiful, you're sure to love them! Gladiola blooms are pretty and grow symmetrically up the flower stem. They add lots of colour to a summer garden and make fabulous cut flowers too.Show more
Show moreIn spring, plant the Large-flowered Gladioli corms about 7-10 cm deep. Prepare a suitable hole in good, loose soil and sprinkle the bottom of the hole with a layer of sharp sand so that rainwater can drain well below the corms as Gladiolas prefer rich, well-drained soil. Plant the corms about 10-12 cm apart from each other. Improve your garden soil by adding compost. During the winter apply some lime to the soil. Large-flowered Gladioli grow well in a warm, sunny spot.
Combining large-flowerd gladiolusThese beautiful gladioli have extra large flowers in full colours. You can use them to create special combinations in your border. Try placing a group of large-flowered gladioli next to arum lilies (Zantedeschia) or dahlias. This striking bloomer is also excellent for use as cut flower.
Show moreMake sure you fertilize regularly, so the flower buds of the Gladioli flourish. It is a good idea to add fertilizer when watering. Stop fertilizing three weeks after flowering. The Gladioli flower stems can become quite heavy, so they may need some support. Completely cut off the faded flower stems. It is best to choose a different area each year to plant your Gladioli.
Keeping large-flowered gladiolus through the winterGladioli corms can easily be stored through the winter. After the first night frost when the foliage has died back, lift the plant and cut all stems back to 10 cm above the corms and let them dry. Attach a label with the name of the Gladioli so that next year you know which variety it is. Shake the soil from the corms and place in a box of compost or sharp sand. Store the box in a frost-free area. You can plant the corms again the following spring and they will reward you with their beautiful flowers.
Show moreThese rich-flowering Gladioli make beautiful cut flowers. They last a long time in a vase. You should definitely plant a group of Large-flowered Gladioli in your garden for cutting. Pick the stems (when the bottom flower begins to show) preferably early in the morning. Place the stems of the gladioli directly into a vase full of lukewarm water with cut flower food. Due to their strong stems, Large-flowered Gladioli can easily 'reach' for water. Here's an extra tip: Plant an extra group two weeks later. As a result, the blooming period of your flowers will be extended.