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Ever flowering Gladiolus

Gladiolus tristis

Gladiolus tristis grows from a corm in wetland or marshy areas. It goes dormant after flowering in summer to survive the dry summer in their natural habitat. It can be grown in the garden or in pots, it will grow well in most well-drained soils but it requires large amounts of humus and winter moisture to get the best from it.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Flowers can be cut for the vase.

Propagation

Division
Corm can be divided in the dormant months.
Seed
Sow seeds in spring or autumn into well draining potting mix and keep moist until sprouted.

Special features

Pot plant
Can be grown in pots, keep them well watered in the growing season and dry in the dormant season.
Drought resistant
Natural cycle include a dry summer.
Attractive flowers
Flowers are borne in spikes of up to 20, they are funnel-shaped, 6cm long with a green tinge.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Western, Southern Cape and Eastern Cape.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Iridaceae
Flower colour
Cream with brown shading
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally problem free

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