Hauraki Herald - - GARDENING -

Gladioli come in so many colours there’s one for ev­ery plant­ing scheme. There’s a choice of slim, del­i­cate or large ruf­fled blooms. Be­ing tall and slim they fit in around spring flow­er­ing plants, ready to strut their stuff when the early bloomers have done their dash.

Corms are in gar­den cen­tres now. Choose firm, chunky ones that haven’t dried out or gone soft. Plant any time from now un­til the end of De­cem­ber. They flower around 100 days af­ter plant­ing so if you plant a batch ev­ery cou­ple of weeks you’ll have months of blooms.

Plant 15cm apart and 8-10cm deep in a sunny place with good drainage. In flower bor­ders, blooms make a big­ger im­pact planted in groups among other plants rather than lined up in a row. How­ever, gladioli are ex­cel­lent cut flow­ers so can be grown in rows in a cut­ting gar­den or even the vege patch.

Tall va­ri­eties may need stak­ing – ei­ther a stake per corm or a frame­work of stakes and

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