Grow­ing glad­i­oli

Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

■ Glad­i­oli ar­rive as dry corms to plant 4-6in (10-15cm) deep and 6-8in (15-20cm) apart. They need plenty of sun­shine and good, well-drained soil.

■ For the best re­sults from large-flow­ered va­ri­eties, wa­ter dur­ing droughts and feed a few times with high-potash fer­tiliser. I never wa­ter or feed ours, on im­proved clay soil.

■ The taller kinds some­times top­ple if not planted deeply enough. A few canes with criss-cross­ing twine will keep them up­right.

■ Af­ter flow­er­ing, fo­liage grad­u­ally dies back. In colder re­gions, lift the corms be­fore se­ri­ous frosts be­gin. Cut away re­main­ing leaves, leav­ing 1in (2½cm) be­hind and store frost-free.

Plant your corms 6-8in (15-20cm) apart

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