The cut flower for July is full of impact with it’s height and bright colours: gladiolus!
The gladiolus offers a double treat: flowers in beautiful bright colours, fantastic petals or bicoloured blends bloom on both sides of the long stem. The flowers come in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, cream and innumerable combinations of colour per flower. There are both single flowered and double flowered varieties.
This floral hero rises high from late spring until deep in the autumn.
Care tips for gladiolus
The following tips will ensure that you fully enjoy your gladioli.
• Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
• Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
• Cut or trim the stems diagonally by 3 to 5 cm with a sharp and clean knife or secateurs.
• Make sure there are no leaves hanging in the water.
• Do not place gladioli in a draught, in full sun or near central heating.
• Regularly top the vase up with tap water.
• There is no real need to snap off the uppermost buds in order to ensure that the other buds bloom, but it can’t do any harm.
• Don’t place gladioli near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly.