Gladioli are one of the most popular flowers and if you like them, you must follow these tips to take care of them correctly.
They are native to the warm areas of South Africa and Europe, the name of gladioli comes from the Latin “gladius”, which means sword, in fact it is said that they were awarded to gladiators who won in battles for what they symbolize victory.
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There are more than 250 different species of gladioli, they are one of the most varied plants in the world, their colors range from red, green, yellow, coral, pink and purple to blue. They are characterized by growing in the form of a long rod from which the flowers sprout, they can measure up to one and a half meters in height.
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TIPS TO CARE PROPERLY FOR THE GLADIOLS IN YOUR GARDEN
- They bloom in early summer and the flowers can last until early fall, so it is recommended to sow them from the last frost of the year until the first week of summer.
- Change the bulbs of site and soil each year to stimulate their growth.
- They need a lot of light, especially to bloom, so it is good to place them where they receive direct light.
- Avoid placing them in absolute shade, as they will not bloom.
- The soil for vegetables is one of the best so that they can grow.
- They are very territorial, so you want to make sure you leave a good space between each bulb and with other plants as well.
- They need a good watering so that the earth is always humid, not dry or flooded.
- They do not tolerate cold, so for frost it is best to dig up the bulbs after their last flowering, store them in a dry and dark place, to plant again in spring.
- If you are going to cut a flower branch, you must cut from the flowers that are closest to the root, when they have already acquired color.
- The bulbs will take about 40 to 60 days to flower after they are planted.
- Plant at a depth of between 5 and 10 cm.
- The best way to grow them is in rows or groups, leaving space of at least 5 cm between each one.
- Before planting them, spray them with a fungicide to avoid future problems and pests.
- Set up stakes or stakes to prevent them from falling or bending.
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