Gardening Questions And Answers
What are gladiolus thrips? Thrips (also known as thunder flies) are an order of small insects, many of which feed by sucking sap from leaves and flowers. Gladiolus thrips are small, narrow 2mm long, brownish-black insects that suck sap from gladiolus and some other plants including crocus, freesia, iris and lilies.
It depends on the variety, as plants can reach heights of 2 to 6 feet (1.5-2 m.). Gladiolus staking will prevent tall gladiolus falling over in a strong wind as the plant matures, or even under the weight of the beautiful blooms. The good news is that staking gladiolus isn’t difficult and won’t take much […]
Since gladioli can grow to several feet tall, select a size that fits your container, such as Gladiolus ‘Glamini’, which grows from 12 to 18 inches. The larger varieties can topple over as they mature. With very little attention, your potted gladiolus will brighten your garden throughout the summer months.
In warmer regions, gladiolus can remain in the ground through winter, provided a hard freeze (28°F or colder) isn’t common in your area. In colder regions (Zone 7 or colder), dig up gladioli corms once the foliage has faded after the first fall frost. A light frost will kill the foliage, but not the rest […]
While usually grown outdoors, you can grow gladiolus bulbs indoors in pots. Since gladiolus is a tender bulb that does not tolerate cold temperatures, growing it in pots allows you to protect the plants over winter so that they return to bloom each year. Start the corms indoors in spring or early summer.
Prized for their majestic flower spikes, Gladiolus (Sword-Lilies) are popular summer-flowering bulbs. Whether used in borders, containers or as cut flowers, they always provide a spectacular effect with their rich and cheerful colors and their breathtaking vertical lines. And they are so easy to grow!