A new addition to our range this year The flowers of Gladioli Ruby are a elegant crimson red and just lovely. Gladioli prefer to be grown in the sunnier parts of the garden but are also happy in partial shade. Gladioli Ruby will make a bold statement in your garden. Ideal for containers and borders they are best planted in groups of 5 or more to get the best effect. When flower spikes are 15cms tall add a high potash fertiliser such as bone meal. Also Ideal for cut flower.
Plant Indoors: They are at their best when grown outside.
Plant outside: They prefer a light well-drained soil. In heavy soils, just add grit and sand to lighten it up. Cultivate soils to a depth of 20cms and add some well rotted manure or granular fertiliser to the soil when cultivating. Plant them 10cms below the soil surface. Cover with soil and firm around bulbs to keep them in place. Leave to establish for a few years and protect from winter frosts by covering them in a couple of inches of mulch over winter. Can be left to naturalise for a number of years, regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as well rotted manures, Tomato feed and liquid seaweed for continued flowering.
For a longer season of flowers plant a few corms at regular intervals from March to April as this will give you a spread of flowering.
For the best results ensure soils do not dry out in the first year whilst they are establishing.
Can be left to naturalise for a number of years.
Plant with summer flowering lilies and or Dahlias for a mass of colour in the summer.
Height: 30-36″ (75-90cm)
Flowering period: August-September
Soil type: Free draining soils that are humus rich.
Aspect: Full sun to semi shade
Planting distance: 10-15cms
Planting depth: 10cms.
Full growing instructions are also provided