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Mid-Atlantic Gardening: question about Gladiolus

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rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 17, 2011
8:59 AM

Post #8569144

I asked this on the Glads forum but thought I would also ask any MAGardeners who might love this blooming beauty. How have you corrected Glads tendency to be top heavy and fall over? I haven't really addressed the issue in my gardens but since discussing the topic with someone else here, I thought I would ask.

Are there any inexpensive ways to stake them or does it have anything to do with the depth of how they are planted? Since I claim that Gladiolus/Gladiolas are my favorite flower, I thought I ought to get to know a little about this frustrating tendency they have.

Thanks all for any feedback.

Ruby

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 17, 2011
10:41 AM

Post #8569351

Ruby, the trick is plant them deep. We start with a furrow 8" deep. Lay the corms in the furrow & fill about half way. After they send out leaves, go back & fill level. Then when they are about 12 to 18 tall, hill them up. A lot simpler than staking.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/498789/

I thought this thread was a sticky, not.
Bernie

donnerville

donnerville
Damascus, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2011
10:51 AM

Post #8569369

Thank you, Bernie, for sharing the info. I too had the problem of Glads falling all over the place, and I finally stopped planting them. I love their pretty flowers. Will try again next year.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2011
11:45 AM

Post #8569467

I have glads that were already here when we bought the house, I'm not going to redig to plant deeper so I found that these willow arches(about 12-18") work great, blends in because garden is packed tight with all types of perennials
Trying to find a picture but I can't find one! Will post when I do
rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 17, 2011
1:44 PM

Post #8569666

Thanks so much Bernie. I will read the link you sent later. I had a suspicion that they were not buried deep enough. We are in the same boat as Jen is and have a chocked full bed of other perennials along side them. Hilling them is a great idea and would work if we can work around the other plants.

Thanks Jen for the willow arch idea too. Looking forward to seeing a picture of your flowers.

Ruby

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 17, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8570217

Other people have mentioned when they are not dug up every fall, they will tend to get closer to the surface by themselves.
We have to dig & store them or they will freeze.

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