The gladiolus is one of the most accommodating plants I know. It’s a great space-saver and is ideal for companion planting. You can plant gladiolus even if all your flower beds or pots are already occupied.
I bury the gladiolus corms six inches deep amongst plants like the melampodium, impatiens, gomphrena, angelonia, zinnia, pentas or cataranthus.
Before you know it, the blades of the gladiolus will push through the soil and peek through its companion plants. The flower spike rises above to show off its glorious display.
Planting ‘glads’ amongst other plants will help to camouflage the browning leaves. You may remove these once they come off the corm easily.
In the tropics, there is no need to lift the corms for storage. Leave the corms in the ground and allow nature to take its course. Before long, a new plant will emerge.
Today, I dug a flower bed. Up came one corm, followed by another. The second was a whopper and was almost the size of a mandarin!
I wonder what surprises the huge corm has in store for me.
Care and propagation: well drained soil, water moderately, full sun; propagate using corms or cormlets