How to plant gladiolus bulbs for bright and beautiful summer blooms

Choose the Right Location: Select a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil. Gladiolus bulbs thrive in full sun.

Prepare the Soil: Loosen the soil to a depth of about 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm) and mix in compost or well-decomposed organic matter to improve drainage and fertility.

Planting Depth: Plant gladiolus bulbs 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) deep and spaced about 6 inches (15 cm) apart. If planting in rows, space the rows about 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm) apart.

Positioning: Plant the bulbs with the pointed end facing upwards. This is where the new growth will emerge.

Watering: After planting, water the area thoroughly to settle the soil and ensure good contact between the bulbs and the soil.

Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch to help retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds. This also helps regulate soil temperature, which can benefit the bulbs.

Support: Depending on the variety and height of the gladiolus, you may need to provide support stakes or trellises to prevent them from flopping over as they grow.

Maintenance: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged during the growing season. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every few weeks to encourage healthy growth and abundant blooms.