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This is a guide about gladiolus photos. These popular garden bulbs produce a tall spike of beautiful flowers in a variety of colors.
When saving gladiolus bulbs, remove the green portion of bulbs with a weed wacker, thus eliminating bending to each bulb. You'll save time and strain on your back.
By sandies from Torrington, CT
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How can I easily hold up my Gladiolus?
Hardiness Zone: 7a
An idea I used last year for taller plants that needed support. We had some extra snow fence, is very cheap, I used a hand saw to cut to size. Some plants I put it around entire plant others I enclosed whole sections.
Go online and Google "garden+supplies" and I'm sure you'll find a catalog that sells all sorts of flower supports. I get such a catalog all the time but, for the life of me, I can't think of the name of it! Sorry!
I have several flowers that need staking. I took scraps of the PVC lattice and staked them at either end of the flower bed. Then I strung some med weight cotton twine between them. Depending on the length of you bed, you may need some lattice (or something similar) in the middle. Love those Glads!
Our Dollar Tree had bamboo stakes that were about 4 foot high. They were a dollar each. Greetings to Mebane from Ahoskie, NC!
I have seen in a gardening catalog some stakes for Gladiolus. They are stiff wire, and are about 3 feet or so high. The tops are bent into a spiral about 6 inches and they are about the diameter of a saucer. I think you could make your own easily from a coathanger by straightening it out and bending it as described. Push this into the ground with the flower going up through the spiral at the top. I wish I had a photo of this. Perhaps I can bend a hanger and add a picture later.
Harlean from Arkansas
Whatever you use, you have to put it in as soon as your glads sprout. My father used bamboo stakes, and when the flowers started to show buds he would put a loop of panty hose over the stake and the very bottom of the bud stalk.
Do you have to dig out gladiola bulbs after blooming and keep inside til next spring? Or can you leave them in the ground all year?
I live in Northern Virginia and my gladioli have multiplied each year. I do not dig them up but leave them where they are. They keep coming back and multiply.
If you get deep frost you need to dig up your glads. If you leave them in the ground where there is deep frost they will turn to mush! If you are in a mild climate you can get away with leaving them in the grounds It is still a good idea to separate the bulb-lets from the mother bulbs now and then. jjs w Palm Beach, FL
I live in Ohio, Zone 5 and I dig mine up and keep them in a plastic shoe box that I got at the $1 store and I keep them in the basement. Every once in awhile I will take the lid off and let them air out.
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Joanne from Abbeville, GA
Gladioli cannot be propagated by rooting the stalk. They are commonly grown from corms, which are enlarged, bulb-like underground stems. After planting corms in the spring, as the leaves of the stalk emerge, a new corm forms on the top of the original corm, which if left alone, would eventually shrivel up and fade away. Smaller corms may also form around this new corm. These can be taken off in the fall when the main corms are dug up for winter storage. These smaller corms can be planted the following spring and dug up again in the fall the same way you would larger corms. They will usually bloom when planted again the second year.
You can also propagate gladioli by sectioning-cutting each corm into sections. Each section you cut should contain a bud and be allowed to "cure" for several days in order to form a protective skin. They can then be planted in potting mix (as deep as they are large), watered and kept in a humid, warm room (70 degrees F)until shoots emerge.
Gladioli can be started from seed, but you may not end up with offspring similar to the parent plant. It also usually takes a couple of years of planting, digging up and replanting corms until you see flowers.
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This is a picture of some beautiful gladiolus from my mom and dad's backyard.
By Darla from Grand Prairie, TX