Gladiolus bulbs (corms)- Rhapsody in Blue 'Sword lily'
Great for Borders Containers & Cutting.
Gladiolus bulbs ,Summer flowering Large Flowered Gladiolus.Gladiolus ‘Green Star’ bears tall spikes of lime-green flowers. It’s the perfect foil for more brightly colored blooms – both in the border and the vase.
Gladiolus is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family. It is sometimes called the 'Sword lily', but usually by its generic name. The genus occurs in Asia, Mediterranean Europe, South Africa, and tropical Africa.
The free-flowering, large-flowered Gladioli 'Rhapsody in Blue' makes a wonderful cut flower. Its impressive pink flowers with a white throat will continue flowering for a very long time in a vase. You should definitely plant a group of Gladioli 'Rhapsody in Blue' in your garden as they flower richly, adding glorious color to summer gardens and through into the winter.
Brilliant Colorful Blooms for any Garden
Hardiness: Zones 3-10, Very Hardy
Blooms Early to Mid Summer
Reaches a Height of up to 5 Feet
Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
How to Grow Gladiolus Bulbs:
1. In the Spring, choose a spot that is mostly sunny or has only light shade. Also make sure that drainage is good in the location that you choose. Although gladiolus will grow in lots of types
of soil, they don't like being soggy or waterlogged.
2. Planting gladiolus bulbs is fairly simple. Bulbs look much like a small onion, sometimes with a spike or point on one side and sometimes with wiry roots growing out of one. Plant with the spike pointing up.
3. Follow the rule of thumb when planting bulbs and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them. Dig a 6-7 inch hole, drop the bulb into it and cover with soil.
4. Regarding the spacing between bulbs, if planting in beds, leave approx 6-8 inches between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can cluster them a little closer together.
5. After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
6. If there is no rain, you will need to water the glads. They prefer weekly deep watering rather than more frequent sprinkling. Try to aim for about 1 inch of water per week during active growth periods.
7. Gladiolus bulbs will flower in the summer. After the flowers die down, the plant can enjoy a warmer rest period. Try to leave the leaves on the plant until they die back naturally so that they can store sunlight and energy for the bulb.
8. In zones with mild winters, leave your gladiolus bulbs in the ground for the next growing cycle. In colder zones, to save the gladiolus bulbs to plant the following spring, lift the bulbs before the first hint of frost, cut back stems to about 1 or 2 inches above the bulb and store in a cool, dark and dry location until ready to plant again.