MADISON (WKOW) -- Attract hummingbirds and add a bit of elegance to your garden and garden bouquets with easy-to-grow gladiolus.
Plant gladiolus corms directly in the garden starting about two weeks before the last spring frost and continuing through early summer.
Plant large corms 4 to 6 inches deep and smaller ones 3 inches deep, and 6 inches apart in full sun or partial shade. You can easily fit up to 50 corms in a 2x4 foot area. Extend the bloom time by making successive plantings every 2 weeks until about 12 weeks before the first fall frost.
Give stems leaning under the weight of the flowers a bit of support. Slip a bamboo cane behind the stem and secure it with a bit of twine.
Extend your enjoyment by harvesting the flowers when the bottom few flowers on the spike are open, or just starting to show color.
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