Gladiolus is favored for its beautiful, showy flowers. Its flowers grow on tall spikes and are often found in the back along the border (because they are tall). Gladioli have many different colored flowers, and grow between 2 to 3 feet in height. These are good for cut flowers.
1. Plant gladiolus bulbs in the spring.
2. Ready your garden by using a garden fork and loosen the soil to about 12 to 15 inches deep. After loosening the soil, mix in a 2– to 4–inch layer of compost.
3. Set the corm in the hole about 4 inches deep with the pointed end facing up. Cover with soil and press firmly. Space the corms 3 to 6 inches apart. Water the corms thoroughly.
4. Gladioli like well-drained, light soil and full sun.
5. If you''''re planting tall varieties, be sure to stake them at planting time. Be careful not to damage the corms with the stakes.
6. It takes about 90 days from the time gladioli are planted to root, grow, bloom, and store enough energy for the next season.