Are there flowers similar to Gladioli?
Gladiolus... Amazing flowers. Even people who think they have seen many varieties and colors are probably not even familiar with half of them, because there are about five thousand varieties of gladiolus! Such a variety makes these flowers a worthy decoration of any garden. They fit perfectly into the interior, regardless of the style in which it is designed.
From inflorescences of delicate pastel colors to bright and exotic colors, you will easily find Gladioli that will suit your taste!
The greatest similarity can be traced with Dilphiniums and Crocosmia, you can find something in common with Daffodils and Irises, for some varieties - with lilies and Orchids, but it is difficult to imagine another flower that would please with the same brightness and unusual color, the complexity of corrugation. Individual flowers simply amaze with their originality!
How to grow Gladioli?
If you would like to grow these wonderful plants in your garden, we are happy to give you a few key tips.
Gladioli are heat-loving flowers, so for planting it is better to choose a place well protected from the wind, quiet and sun;
It is better to prepare the soil for planting in the fall. It should be structural, well-drained, low acidity, light loamy - or black earth;
Since the roots of the plant go deep, the soil must be well dug up;
About 20-25 days before planting, it is necessary to clean the scales and warm the Gladiolus bulbs under diffused sunlight. Planting will be successful if you treat the bulbs in advance with growth stimulants, as well as a solution of potassium permanganate, to ensure their disinfection;
You can plant Gladioli at a time when the soil at a depth of 10 centimeters will be warmed up by about 10 degrees;
Watering plantings should be plentiful and occur approximately once a week, in hot weather - 2-3 times a week;
If you disinfect the bulbs before planting, pests will not infect your gladioli. In the event that the plant is still affected by parasites, it is necessary to remove it from the soil along with a clod of earth, and then treat the resulting place with copper sulphate;
After flowering - from September - the bulbs are harvested. Choose dry weather for this procedure. When cutting the stem, leave a small stump, about 1 centimeter in height. Immediately remove the old corm and roots. Wash the corms and treat them with a solution of potassium permanganate;
Within 15 days, the bulbs must be dried in a bag at a temperature of 25-30 degrees, after which they should be dried for another month at a temperature of about 20-22 degrees;
Store gladiolus bulbs at a temperature of 5 to 10 degrees. You can do this in the cellar (the air must be dry), on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, and also under the window - near the wall of your apartment or house, which is the coldest.
Caring for a bouquet with Gladioli.
If you have been given cut Gladiolus flowers as a gift and you are not sure how to care for them so that they stand as long as possible, the following recommendations will help you:
Try to pour settled water into a vase. Or dilute tap water with boiled or filtered water in a 50/50 ratio;
Change the water in the vase daily;
Each time before putting the flowers in a vase, cut the stems 1.5-2 centimeters with a sharp knife or garden shears. It is advisable to do this under running water to prevent air from entering;
Do not place flowers in direct sunlight;
From time to time, dissolve special fertilizers for cut flowers in water - the bouquet will delight you much longer.
We hope that you will find our advice useful to you. We wish you success in caring for your garden, let it make you smile every day, regardless of the weather and season.
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