Gladioli

Gladioli

Gladioli


Gladioli are mainly used in mixed borders and are appreciated for their flowers, which are very suitable for cutting. The tuber bulbs love the fertile and well-drained soil, in a sunny position, in which they must be planted in the spring season at a depth of 15 cm above a layer of draining sand. Prepare the soil as soon as possible, burying mature manure, then spread the time of sowing at 15-day intervals to obtain continuous blooms. Wait for the buds to appear to remove any weeds, then when the first flower appears, cut it off leaving at least 4 leaves intact. Then collect the tubers when the leaves begin to turn yellow, in October. They must be cleaned and stored in a dry and well-ventilated place, in trays or boxes, away from the cold. At this point you can proceed to detach the young bulbils from the older tuber bulbs, discarding those in poor condition, and this is the usual method of multiplication, next to sowing. For fertilization use fertilizers with a high potassium content, which should be applied every 10-14 days when the ears are one third of their development. Also the irrigation will have to be effected only in a second moment, to 5-6 weeks from the planting, to then increase the abundance with the warm season.