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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 5:31 pm    Post subject: Gladioli to meet you..... Planting miniature Gladioli. Reply with quote

Gladioli to meet you..... Planting miniature Gladioli.

Would you like a plant that delivers the colour of summer bedding, without requiring you to renew it year after year? Well by planting hybrid Gladiolus corms, you can attain mid to late summer colour year after year with only occasional renewal.

Sometimes called gladioli bulbs (more correctly gladioli corms), these South African members of the Iris family are ideal for colour impact. It is estimated that up to 10,000 named cultivars of gladioli originated from just seven species, all of which are native to South Africa.

Most garden centres stock a wide range of gladioli corms which, once planted, will go on to produce flowers in shades of white, pink, orange, red (best for impact) and bicolour. There is even a rare blue flowered variety available for all you intrepid plant hunters. As an introduction to gladioli, have a special look out for the variety "Columbine", a charming pink and white flowered specimen, which will definitely pull you into the world of gladioli growing.



Planting time.
Planting of the gladioli takes place from the start of March till the end of May, so you still have time to get these guys into the ground for the summer. Firstly, select a planting location that receives upwards of 4 hours of sunlight a day. Place the bulbs 4 to 5 inches deep (10 to 12cm) in planting holes, with an approximate spacing of 4 inches.

Ideally, your soil will be rich with free drainage to prevent rotting of the bulb over winter. Group the bulbs in clusters of 5 or more of the same colour for impact, except in a cottage garden where the mixing up of Gladiolus colours is quite acceptable.

July to September staggered colour.
Most gladioli flowers last approx 2 to 3 weeks, so, I suggest you play it sneaky and stagger your corm plantings at weekly intervals. This will enable you to stretch out the length of time they will be in bloom, for example planting in March will give you flowers in July, whereas planting in May will give you flowers in September.

It is advisable to water the emerging growth well in dry weather, as the vigorous foliage tends to be extremely thirsty. Look after these cultivation requirements and you will be rewarded by sword-like leaves topped by trumpet or funnel shaped flowers in vertical rows, which interestingly bloom from the bottom upwards. The sword-like leaves inspire the Latin name Gladiolus, which means little sword, in fact some people refer to them as sword lilies.

Gladiolus flowers can be cut for indoor arrangements by using 3 to 5 different colours bunched together, just be careful not to remove all the leaves from the bulb as this will severely weaken its bloom next season. When purchasing your Gladiolus bulbs in the garden centre, ask for Primulinus or miniature hybrids as these varieties grow to about 2ft (0.6 metre). This variety does not require staking like some of the larger versions, leaving you more time to relax and appreciate their cottage charm.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to extend this theme of miniature gladioli.
Those wonderful flowers are very different - just a rainbow of colors and forms.
Miniature and small-flowered glads are very popular in USA and Central Europe countries, but aren't - in Russia, where are still alive Soviet era tendency to gigantism. But step by step there are changes there too. Small-and medium-sized Gladioli are becoming increasingly popular and there.
Also small-flowered are popular in Baltic states

When we speak about miniature and small-flowered, we mean the varieties, marked international index 100 and 200 ; that is, flower size less, than 2,5" and from 2,5" to 3,5"

Some newest varieties I shall show here.

At first - miniature (100):



198 DZUKELIS, 197 LOBIU IESKOTOJAS



123 ORANGE PRINCESS, 177 ZVAIGZDUTE

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small-size varieties is much more, than miniature, diversity is much wider:



201 AMELIE; 201 DREAM A LITTLE; 201 FOTOSOPAS; 201 KARINUTE;



211 ZEST; 225 PAPUGELE; 243 ZAISLUKAS; 263 SWEET BABY;



279 SPIRITUAL DIMENSION; 293 CHOCOLATE PRINCESS; 293/243 PLASTAKE; 297 ASH TOKS.

There are varieties with fringed petals, bicolors, etc.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gladioli varieties design's types

As we speak about gladioli, I would like to review the design types of modern varieties.
Around the world there are tens of thousands varieties of gladioli, and they are very different.
Sometimes I have to read or hear - „Europen-style variety with plain petals". Obvious nonsense... This level of semi-wild varieties with non-ruffled petals is long past for European hybridizers. Possible reason for these thoughts is that some European countries, where there is no selection (hybridizing) work, mass-marketed by old gladioli varieties from Holland. These varieties were born at a time, when current retirees were just learning to walk...
Most part of modern varieties is fine ruffled - plain petals are only rare exception. In this beautiful varieties diversity we can see a few design trends: edged, green-edged, striped, fringed, super-ruffled and flower-in-flower types.
Very often in the best quality and most interesting varieties we can see at once several styles. For example: super-ruffled/green edged; super-ruffled/flower-in-flower/fringed, etc.
I shall try here to show some pictures and introduce some modern works from Czech, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania.

One of the oldest lines of exciting designs was striped varieties. This style was known in USA, Russia, Moldova. Now the most interesting striped varieties we can see in hybridizer's from Czech Republik J.Vaclavik works:



VEGA, ALTAIR EXOTIC, POLLUX EXOTIC, NAROG, CASTOR EXOTIC (Vaclavik, Czech Republik)



NEVSKAYA MOZAIKA (Trifonov, Russia)



FAIRIES TOUCH, SPIRITUAL DIMENSION, ANDROMEDOS UKAS (Markevicius, Lithuania).

Variety 'Andromedos Ukas' also shows us the other type - it is slightly green-edged.

Some striped varieties have fine edge -



JIRI VACLAVIK, REGULUS EXOTIC (Vaclavik, Czech R.)

There is not very new, but there is not very widespread style - edged glads. Edges may be pale on a dark background and deep-colored on a light background:



BRONZE AGE, NUODEMINGOS MINTYS (= sinful thoughts) (Markevicius, Lithuania)



MARGUTIS (Liutkevicius, Lithuania)



RADUZHNY (Samoilenko, Ukraine).

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also aren't very new super-ruffled varieties - but these varieties, maybe, are one of the finest types:



MOSKVA BELOKAMENNAYA (Dybov, Russia); SONATA (Lukosevicius, Lithuania); NERINGA, SPIRIT OF FIRE (Markevicius, Lithuania).



ZOLOTAYA ANTILOPA (Trifonov, Russia - this variety is also fringed)



YUKUNKUN (Vinogradsky, Ukraine - also fringed and edged).

The style "flower-in-flower" - different colors of inner and outer petals:



PLZEN 84 (Polacek, Czech)



ZHIVA PANORAMA, OSTROV LASKY (Belicka, Slovakia)



DAVAY POKOLDUYEM (Vinogradsky, Ukraine)



MORNING LOVE, INTERPLANETARY LOVE (Markevicius, Lithuania - these two varieties are also green-edged)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fringed/ green-edged varieties are the finest style :



MONTEZUMA (Konicek, Czech); DELIRIUM (Vaclavik, Czech)



SNEGIRI, POYUSCIYE FONTANY (Trifonov, Russia); DETSKYE SNY (Dybov, Russia)



PINK HUMMINGBIRD, MULEN ROUGE, LAUZHO SHVIESA, ASH TOKS, REQUIEM (Markevicius, Lithuania).

That's all for this time, what I want to show. I'm ready to answer to all Your questions, if only it will be.
Of course, sorry for my bad English... Smile

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