This item is available for purchase beginning in mid April. This item will be shipped in Sept-Oct according to hardiness zone.
Byzantinus. These classic Hardy Gladioli have a more carefree form than their hybridized cousins. Magenta-pink blooms make a long-lasting cut flower. Height 24-25". Bulb size 6-7 cm in circ.
Sold as: Pkg of 10
Bulbs for Fall Planting:
Plant the bulbs as soon as possible once you have received them. If you cannot plant the bulbs as soon as they have been shipped to you, remove the bulbs from plastic bags and put them on trays with damp peat moss or sawdust in a cool, well-ventilated place until you have a chance to plant them. Do not store them at temperatures below 4°C. Generally all bulbs planted in the fall are hardy and do not need any special protection unless specified.
Where to Plant:
The most important rule when planting bulbs is to choose an area that is well-drained. Most bulbs will rot or deteriorate quickly where soil is constantly damp. Most bulbs thrive in full sun, or at least 5-6 sunny hours daily. Within each individual bulb or perennial variety it is stated what type of light conditions are preferred.
Planting Bulbs General Info:
Plant bulbs individually by digging a hole for each bulb with a trowel or bulb planter, or place several bulbs on the bottom surface of a larger hole, then cover with soil. As planting depths and spacing varies depending on the type of bulb, refer to the cultural information found later in this guide. Be sure to loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole and work in a handful of organic fertilizer such as Veseys Bulb Fertilizer. Then press each bulb firmly into the soil, top pointing up and fill in the hole. When in doubt as to which way is up on a bulb, plant it on its side and let 'Mother Nature' decide!
Planting Hardy Gladiolus:
They should be planted in late autumn, 4-6" deep, 4-6" apart.
Grow in full to part sun, in well drained, good garden soil and protect from severe frosts. A high-potassium liquid fertilizer may be applied when spikes reach about 8".
These dainty gladioli commence flowering in late May or early June and last for a long period, often throwing up secondary spikes. Enchanting plants providing both colour and form to an early Summer border.