PLANT GLADIOLI BULBS FOR SUMMER
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