Gladiolus 'Michelle', pack of 15 corms

Gladiolus 'Michelle', pack of 15 corms

£5.50

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Gladiolus Michelle may only have short stems, but she packs a punch with her vibrant orange/ red flowers, each bearing a yellow throat. Most attractive to bees and other pollinators, Michelle brings colour to the border or can be planted in a container for a vibrant summer display. 
Insights

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

Details
  • 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)
Planting
  • Well drained soil
  • South or West aspect
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
  • Plant at a depth of 3x the size of the corm
Care
  • 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 and flowers need staking (take care not to damage corm with cane)
  • 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