How to Grow Gladiolus in Pots
Gladioli can be grown in pots! They are one of the earliest flowering plants of the summer season. Growing these flowers in pots offers the perfect way for gardeners who are limited on outdoor space. Gladiolus adds an elegant display of bold, tall, and seen-from-far blooms. Here are some tips on how to grow gladiolus in pots.
1. Ideal Conditions for Gladiolus
Gladiolus needs a lot of direct sun and good drainage, so a sunny spot in the garden or near an open window is ideal. Make sure that the pot you are using has a drainage hole to ensure good drainage.
2. Preparation for Planting
Use good quality potting soil, like Peat Moss, Vermiculite, or a commercially available potting soil mix. If using composted soil, make sure it is completely free of pathogens and weeds. If you’re not sure, buy a bag of premixed potting soil.
3. Planting Gladiolus
Gladiolus corms are small, brown, round pieces of root-like material. Their diameter should be between 3-5 inches. Plant your corms in the pot, 3 inches apart and 2-3 inches deep. Cover the corms with soil and gently firm the soil around the corm.
4. Caring for Gladiolus
When it comes to watering and fertilizing, gladiolus needs moderate care. Water the pot when the top layer of soil feels dry to the touch, and fertilize every two weeks.
5. Harvesting Gladiolus Flowers
Once the flowers have opened, careful cut the flower stalk just below the bloom and leave the rest of the stalk in the pot.
6. Other Tips and Advice
- Gladiolus loves heat. The warmer it is, the faster the flowers will bloom.
- Once the plants have finished blooming, you can cut off the flower stalks and let the foliage die back. This will give the corms time to store energy for the following year.
- Gladiolus can stay in the same pot for several years.
By following the steps above, you’ll be able to enjoy the majestic blooms of gladiolus in no time!