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gladiolus-c.jpgPlanting Time: Autumn.

Aspect: Full Sun to part shade.

Soil:  Well drained.  Richer soils give better quality blooms.

Fertiliser:  A complete garden fertiliser or organic.

Depth & Spacing:  Plant 10-15cm deep and10- 15cm apart

Watering:  Keep moist while growing.

Flowers:  Summer,  December - March.  Flowering time is approx. 90-120 days after planting.

Trouble Shooting: Thrips (appears as streaking/mottling on leaves & flower buds.) Treat with Confidor/Baythriod or a simular product.  If left untreated thrips will stop flowers opening and eventually kill the whole plant. Rust is a fungus which appears like groups of rust coloured dots on the leaves. Treat with Mancozeb or a simular product.

Storage: Lift corns once foliage has died. Allow to dry in shade, dust with insecticide to prevent thrips. Store in a cool, dry place.