Gladiolus 'Callianthus', pack of 50 corms

Gladiolus 'Callianthus', pack of 50 corms



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Also known as the Abyssinian Sword Lily, Gladioli Callianthus Acidanthera has the benefit of flowering later than other summer bulbs and bears a gentle fragrance. The beautiful white flowers feature a purple heart and are well spaced on the plant, resulting in an elegant display for the border or container.  

The flower spikes are accompanied by sword like leaves, hence the name ‘gladiolus’ which translates as ‘little sword’.

  • Tender perennial
  • Plant: from March, approx 10cm deep, with width much the same (can be closer in a pot).
  • Flowers: July- September (will flower approx 3 months after planting)
  • Well drained soil
  • South or West aspect
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
  • Plant at a depth of 3x the size of the corm
  • Gladioli do not like wet soil- so add grit or sand to improve drainage if required
  • Feed with potassium rich feed (such as tomato feed) to promote flowering when spikes start to appear
  • Will require protection from the wind
  • Stagger planting if required for cut flowers to ensure supply
  • Corms are generally lifted in winter as they do not fare well if left in the ground during the wet and cold.
  • Cut the stems back when all florets have opened- but leave foliage in place to feed corm
  • Wear gloves when handling
  • Toxic to pets