How to grow gladious

Gladioli prefer sunny situation with light sandy soil, with pH between 6 to 7. If the soil is heavy, addition of river sand and charcoal improves the soil condition. They grow well both in pot and in beds and the magnificent spikes brighten the garden and room as cut flower.

 

time to sow: august - September (April -May for hills )

In the planes, planting is usually done during September-November and in the hills from April-June, but the flowering season may be extended by early and late planting.

how to sow :

  • Gladioli like well-drained soil and full sun.
  • Ready your garden by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to about 12 to 15 inches deep. After loosening the soil, mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost or aged manure.
  • If your grow gladioli primarily for cut flowers, plant them in rows. It’s easier to tend the plants and to harvest the flowers.
  • If planted with other flowers in borders or annual basis, plant the corms in groups of 7 or more for best effect.
  • Set the corm in the hole about 4 inches deep with the pointed end facing up. Cover with soil and press firmly.
  • Space the corms 6 to 8 inches apart.
  • Water the corms thoroughly.
  • If you’re planting tall varieties, be sure to stake them at planting time. Be careful not to damage the corms with the stakes.
  • It takes about 60 days from the time gladioli are planted for the corms to root, grow, bloom.

soil mix :

Two parts sandy loam soil mixed with one part of each well-rotted cow dung manure and leaf mold and a handful of bone meal is recommended for pot . If planted in beds the ground should be dug deep and well-decayed compost at the rate of 4 kg per meter mixed thoroughly and left for sun drying at least for a fortnight. At planting time fresh manure should not be used, but a dressing of bonemeal, superphosphate and wood ash may be given with advantage.


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