Spring Garden Tips

Gladiola

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Botanical Name

Gladiolus x hortulanus

Hardiness

Zone 9

Height

1 to 5 feet

Width

6 inches

Flowers

Summer to fall - 60-120 days after planting: white, yellow, pink, red, orange, purple, blue, green

Light

Full sun

Soil

Well-drained

Planting and Care

Plant 3 to 6 inches deep and space 3 to 6 inches apart

Dig and clean when leaves turn yellow. Then cure at 70-80 degrees for several weeks then store uncovered at 40 degrees.

Problems

Thrips (which can overwinter in the corm), aster yellows, virus (aphid vector), bulb rots

Varieties to Consider

Large Flowered hybrids - 2 to 5' tall, long flower spikes, large flowers and a variety of colors

Miniature and Butterfly - 1.5 to 4' tall, many flowers/stem, often ruffled, reproduce slowly

Primulinus - 1.5 to 3' tall, large flowers, more graceful habit

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