Breck's Plant Food to the trench. Cover with 2" of soil. Firmly place bulbs
on soil, pointed ends up, 6" apart. In
a flower border, plant a group of at least 10 bulbs for best effect. Cover with
remaining soil. Water well and add 2" of mulch to conserve moisture and keep the
roots cool. Begin planting in mid-spring and continue
to plant every two weeks until mid-July for flowers throughout the summer. Bulbs
will bloom from 70-100 days from planting, depending on the lateness in the season.
Tall-growing varieties may need staking. Water well throughout the growing season.
Fertilize when the flower spikes first appear and after the flowers are picked.
Dig up the corms 4-6 weeks after the flowers fade. Remove as much soil as possible
and cut off flower stalk 1" above corm. Dry and store the bulbs indoors for the
winter. Hardy in Zones 8-11.
In fall, plant in almost any type of well-drained garden soil in full sun. Plant the
corms 4-6" apart in clumps approximately 3" deep. Fertilize when planting with any
but avoid animal manure since it may encourage rot. Mulch over the winter for
protection. Hardy in Zones 5-10.
- Glaminis are highly pest
resistant and bloom happily in full sun or partial shade. Their shorter overall
height means you can use them in the middle or fronts of borders and beds. They also
do exceptionally well in patio containers
or even window boxes where viewing their rich cascades of 3-4" flowers up close is a
special pleasure. Glaminis are also splendid
in your vase. Care is no more difficult than for any gladiolus. Simply plant 3" deep
in sun or partial shade and space 3-4" apart. Glaminis can be lifted
approximately 8-10 weeks after flowering. Dry the bulbs and let them overwinter in a
cool, dark, frost-free location.
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