Is your gladiolus not blooming?
If so, then it’s time to take action! You need to get some sort of support or you will lose all hope in the future. Here is what you can do:
1) Use a stake
Stakes are used when there is no other way to maintain the plant. They’re easy to make and they work well. A good idea would be to use a long stick with a sharp point at one end and a flat piece of wood at the other.
2) Make sure your soil is moist
Make sure that your soil is moist before you start staking your gladiolus. You don’t want them to die if their roots aren’t getting enough water.
3) Let your gladiolus stand up straight
Let your gladiolus stand up straight while you’re staking it. This will prevent the plant from toppling over and killing itself. When you’ve got a nice sturdy stem, let it rest on the stake for several hours. Then, remove the stake and allow the plant to recover for another day or two.
Keep doing this until your gladiolus stands tall enough to reach its full height without any support whatsoever.
Now you’ve learned how to stake gladiolus. Keep this in mind so that you can grow these beautiful plants with ease and success.
How to stake gladiolus
Have you been trying to grow gladiolus in your garden but are having no luck whatsoever?
If so, then perhaps you should start staking your gladiolus! Staking gladiolus is a great way to ensure that they’ll grow straight up instead of falling over. You can create stakes from scratch or you can buy stakes at a local gardening shop.
What you’ll need:
-Gladiolus gladiolus (Gladiolus don’t grow true from seed. Instead, you need to buy bulbs.)
Step 1: Soil
The first thing that you should do is prepare the soil where you’ll be planting the glad. You should have well-draining soil that is rich in nutrients.
Step 2: Planting
The next step is to plant the gladiolus. You should plant one bulb per container (container = a pot or any other enclosed space for growing plants). After planting, you should firm the soil around each bulb. Make sure not to compact the soil too much or the roots won’t be able to breathe.
Step 3: Watering
After planting, it’s time to water the bulbs. You should thoroughly water each bulb until you see moisture leaking out the bottom of the container. It’s important that the bulbs become thoroughly hydrated because they won’t bloom properly if they are parched.
Step 4: Caring for your gladiolus
Once you’ve watered your gladiolus, it’s time to care for them. Make sure that the soil around your bulbs is kept evenly moist at all times. This means you might have to water your bulbs daily or even twice a day during the summer. You should also fertilize (with a 12-6-12 fertilizer) every few weeks.
These steps are important to take because if your soil is too dry then the bulbs will shrivel and rot. If the soil is kept too wet then the bulbs will also rot. It’s also important that you keep the soil loose around the bulbs at all times. If the soil becomes compacted then the bulbs won’t be able to receive oxygen and they will die.
It’s also very important that you keep an eye on the foliage of your bulbs. If the leaves begin to yellow or brown then this means that the bulbs need more water. If the leaves begin to look burnt around the edges then this means that the bulbs need less water.
Step 5: Transplanting
It’s important that you don’t touch your bulbs until it’s time to transplant them. If you disturb the bulbs before they’ve bloomed then they might not bloom at all. Once the foliage begins to die back, it’s time to prepare them for their new homes.
First, you should cut the foliage off of the bulbs so that you can see where the roots are. You should then use a knife or a tool to carefully dig up the bulbs so that you can properly replant them. It’s a good idea to take notes on where you planted each bulb so that you don’t forget.
Now, it’s time to transplant your bulbs into their new homes. Make sure to once again keep notes on where you’ve planted each bulb so that you don’t forget.
Step 6: Staking
If you want to ensure good growth and prevent your bulbs from falling over, you should stake them. If you’ve planted bulbs in a container that is at least 10 inches deep then you can insert a stake in the container. You should make sure to put some sort of rigging on the stake so that you can hook the bulb over the stake.
If you’re planting in the ground, you can simply drive a stake into the ground next to the bulb. Then, hook the bulb over the stake.
The reason that you would do this is to give the bulb more support so that it doesn’t fall over and rot. This will ensure good growth.
Now that your gladiolus are planted, you should water them thoroughly. If you’ve planted them in a container, make sure to add some fertilizer around the base of the container. This will give the bulbs a good start. If you’ve planted your bulbs in the ground then it’s a good idea to add some fertilizer into the holes where you’ve planted the bulbs before back-filling the holes.
On the other hand, if you’ve planted your bulbs in a container and kept them inside, you shouldn’t fertilize them until they’ve been outside for at least 3 weeks so that they don’t get too much food too quickly.
Water your newly planted bulbs every couple of days and keep an eye on them. Make sure to keep the soil moist and the leaves shiny.
It should only be a few weeks before your gladiolus begin to bloom. Once they do, be sure to keep an eye on them so that they don’t get too much water so that they don’t rot. It’s best if you water them daily and keep the soil moist but not soggy at all times. This will ensure that they last as long as possible.
If you’ve planted your bulbs in pots, you can bring them in over the winter and keep them in a cupboard or on a windowsill. If you’ve planted your bulbs in the ground, they will naturally begin to go dormant during the winter months. Don’t dig up your bulbs until spring.
Follow these steps and you should have gorgeous and bountiful gladiolus every year! Good luck!
Sources & references used in this article:
Summer Flowering Bulbs: Gladiolus (2005) by DH Trinklein – Extension publications (MU), 2005 – mospace.umsystem.edu
G87-852 Growing Gladiolus by AJ Greving – … Materials from University of Nebraska-Lincoln …, 1987 – digitalcommons.unl.edu
Giddy over gladiolus by RC Smith – 1993 – lib.ndsu.nodak.edu
The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll by R Bisgrove – 2000 – books.google.com
We made a garden by M Fish – 2011 – books.google.com
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GLOW? by M Crawford – 1921 – Vaughan’s seed store
” The Garden of Hercules at Pompeii”(II. viii. 6): The Discovery of a Commercial Flower Garden by A French – 1914 – Macmillan