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Painted lady

Gladiolus carneus

Flags (Eng.), Bergpypie (Afr.)

This species of Gladiolus has one of the widests distributions in winter rainfall areas. The flowers are highly valued as it is pleasantly fragranced and is a great cut flower for floral arrangements. This species is a must have for any garden enthusiast as it is very easy to grow.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest flowers in spring and early summer for floral arrangements. Harvest seeds when ripe and store them in a dry spot.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in autumn months before the first rains at a depth of 1 cm and space them 15 cm apart.
Division
Divide the offsets during the dormant period and plant to a depth of 3 cm and space them 15 cm apart.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts specific long tongued flies.
Drought resistant
This plant requires very little water.
Pot plant
This species is a great pot plant adding colour to any sunny spot.
Attractive flowers
Attractive tubular flowers grown on continuous flower stalks, usually with pretty markings on the bottom three petals.

Geography

Origin
From Sub-Saharan Africa to Southern Africa, Western Cape.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Iridaceae
Flower colour
Pink, rose, mauve, red, purple, white, cream
Scent
Mild

Problems

Botrytis fungus tends to affect Gladiolus when planted in poorly drained soils as they prefer sandy soils with great drainage. To prevent or cure infected bulbs, coat bulbs with fungicide powder before planting.
Botrytis
Botrytis
Botrytis cinerea

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