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Re: Gladiolus murielae pot planting advice

Message from Marion Charles

In forum: Container gardening

Hi John, I think you have answered your own question lol. John Innes no1 is great for drainage but I also mix some good quality soil with it. It needs to be in a frost-free environment though over winter as terracotta pots tend to crack during the winter months. One tip I have learned from gardening and the best tip of all is to re-create the place where the species come from and with that knowledge in mind, you cannot go far wrong. Your GM comes from East Africa (Ethiopia) so that should give you a clue. I hope I have helped... Marion

  • Posted: Sun. 5th May 2013 11:20

Re: Re: Gladiolus murielae pot planting advice

Message from John Le H

In forum: Container gardening

Many thanks Nicola, and please pass on a big thank you to David as well!

  • Posted: Thu. 25th April 2013 18:29

Re: Gladiolus murielae pot planting advice

Message from Nicola

In forum: Container gardening

Hi John,

David from our PlantstoPlant shop has given this reply to pass onto you:

I think as far as the Gladiolus (what I always knew as Acidanthera) is concerned what John has suggested sounds fine.
Acidanthera, behaves much more like a bulb that the true Glads. They are fine planted as he has suggested. Being a bulb, and being from SA they do resent being wet, but only when they are dormant, so in the autumn the pot can be dried off, or the bulbs removed from the pot for dry storage over winter. Otherwise it is a very easy plant to grow in a pot. Plenty of light and plenty of moisture during the growing season.

Hope that helps!
Nicola

  • Posted: Thu. 25th April 2013 08:45

Gladiolus murielae pot planting advice

Question from John Le H

In forum: Container gardening

Hi there,
Does anyone have experience of growing these statuesque beauties in a pot to help a novice Glad grower with some questions?:
How many corms approx. should be planted in a round terracotta pot with a 15"/38cm diameter? Web advice says plant 10 cm apart so I'm guessing 9-11. Or is that far too few for a good display?
What mix do you plant them in? I was thinking of 1/1/1 ratio John Innes No2, multipurpose compost and horticultural grit. But then I read somewhere it should be John Innes No1...
Also, I'm thinking of leaving out water retaining gel and watering sparingly as I've read they don't like it wet. Does that make sense?
Finally, has anyone planted anything with GM to good effect? I'm imagining a trailer might look daft in the pot given the height of the Glads (aka Peacock Orchids). Perhaps they are best alone...
Any tips gratefully received! Cheers, John

  • Posted: Wed. 24th April 2013 23:27