- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Perfect For
- Flowering Height
- 80-100 cm
- Bulb Size
- 14/+ cm
- Pinks & Pastels
In a sought-after shade of salmon-rose, gladioli ‘Jessica’ will bring warmth, glamour and height to your summer borders.
Known as the ‘Sword Lily’, gladioli bear grass-like, spiked foliage and elegant spears of ruffled blooms in summer. In a myriad of shades such as this beautiful coral-coloured variety, they make excellent cut flowers as well as great garden perennials. Cut when the first buds begin to open at the base for the longest vase-life.
Plant the corms in spring at weekly intervals, in rich, fertile soil for a prolonged display.
To cultivate Gladioli, choose a sunny site with well-drained, well-manured garden soil. Dig a trench 15cm deep and place the corms 10-15cm apart, covering with soil and ensuring they sit 5cm below the surface. Water regularly, maintaining soil moisture until growth is established, and during hot, dry spells of weather. Stagger planting at two-week intervals to ensure continuous flowering over a long period. Expect stately, colourful spikes reaching 60-90cm in height which many require staking for support. The smaller variety ‘Glamini’ Gladioli will reach a maximum height of 50cm.