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- ZONEGrows everywhere in the USA (annual in zones 2-6, tender perennial in zones 7-11)
- SHIPPINGBeginning in April, or after your last frost date
- INCLUDES15 corms in a cloth bag, with a wooden plant marker and planting instructions
- Botanical NameGladiolus
We are going to resist the urge to carelessly misquote Socrates here, but suffice it to say- the great philosopher encouraged us to find and follow wonder as a path to wisdom. Our gardens are full of wonder (and wondering), and the wisdom is still coming. From a little bulb comes a tall beanstalk full of peachy folds of blossoms that make you smile in spite of yourself.
- SUN Full sun to part shade
- HEIGHT 4ft high and 1ft wide
- SPACING 4-6" between plants
- DEER Deer resistant
- KIDS+PETS Toxic
- CLIMATE Hardy in mild winter zones. Dig up and store in cold winter zones
- WATER Requires regular water
- INDOOR+POTSIn ground or in containers outside
How to Plant
Dig a hole about four inches deep and plant your Gladiolus corms with the pointy end up, 4-6" apart. Fill in the soil and lightly compress. Water them. Ta da! That's it.
Where to Plant
Find a place that gets full to part sun, in well-drained, fertile soil. Gladiolus work nicely planted behind your shorter, bushier plants.
When to Plant
Plant outside after your average last frost in the spring, when the ground has warmed.
When to Expect Blooms
Summer, about 90 days after planting. Gladiolus bloom once a season for about 10 days. Stagger planting every 1-2 weeks for continuous summer bloom time.
Stake to support. Water regularly once they start to sprout, and then give them extra water during dry spells. And ask us any questions along the way.
Wait for the foliage to wilt and turn yellow before clipping it back, so that the bulb can preserve energy for the next year's blooms. In places with mild climates, generally zones 7-10, Gladiolus are tender perennials and can stay in the ground to return next season, but in places with freezing winters they are annuals. After your first frost, you can dig up, dry, and store your corms in a cool, dark place to replant the following spring.