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How to trick your Glads into four times the bloom.

How to trick your Glads into four times the bloom.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

First, save money and order lots of glads during our Winter Advance Sale.  Then after frosts, plant the glads in successive weeks for at least a month, some each week.  Result:  Flowers to enjoy or cut for over two months in summer. Imagine the arrangements!

This is something few gardeners know, and even fewer practice.  Everybody loves glads and knows they’re inexpensive.  But few know that, unlike other flowers, glads really don’t care when you plant them.  The bulbs are fine until you plant, and the last ones you put in will do just as well as the first, no matter the weather.  All they need is water if things dry out.  No fertilizer, no extra work.  Remember– with bulbs, the flowers are already there, formed in the bulbs!  All you do is plant them.  (Ok, Ok, the bulbs of glads are actually called “corms,” not bulbs.)

Try it—I can tell you, it works!  You’ll have a riot of color in the garden and big arrangements in the house all summer long.

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2 thoughts on “How to trick your Glads into four times the bloom.”

  1. Linda Firestone says:

    Can we plant glads in zone 9? When spring or fall?

    1. Linda says:

      Hi Linda: Glad you asked. Yes, you can enjoy glads in Florida. I have great friends in Miami who grow them, but the trick is your summer heat. In frost-free zones, you need to plant so they won’t have to put up with the hottest part of summer. This means early spring–try to plant them in March, or even February. Here’s a video showing a beautiful bloom of glads in Ft. Myers, which I believe is Zone 10a. This guy is a Horticultural Expert down there, and you’ll love seeing his whole garden of gladiolus. They’re tall and spectacular, and seem to stand up well. Enjoy. Paste this address in your browser window: Don’t plant until you’re sure frosts are past. You could probably grow them in fall, too, and into winter, but the bulbs are usually available only in spring. Happy Gardening! Linda.

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