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Tell me about Gladiolus callianthus

Posted by maureeninmd z6 MD (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 15, 10 at 9:47

What can you tell me about Gladiolus callianthus 'Murielae' (Abyssinian glad). I've read that they are hardier and bloom later than "regular" glads. I just received a bunch from Brent and Becky's and am trying to decide where to put them.

Does the foliage look good most of the season? How far apart would you plant them?(B and B says 5-10 per square foot but that seems a bit ridiculous). Do they look best in big groups or scattered here and there? Would they do OK in extremely well-drained soil? (rich soil with tons of very small rocks)

I do not plan on digging and storing them over the winter. I am probably more of a zone 7 so I will just pile mulch on them.

Thanks for any info

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RE: Tell me about Gladiolus callianthus

Think of them as a fragrant gladiolus. They take much longer than the 90 days of a regular glad till bloom time. Not a problem here with our long season. I would not plant closer than four inches, but would plant in a group. Used to be called Acidenthera bicolor. They should be stored same as other glads. They like a rich soil and will also tend to require staking. Al

RE: Tell me about Gladiolus callianthus

I find them to be pretty much drought proof but I tend to lose the flowers to any early frosts. Can you give a warm micro-climate? (I think they're worth it.)

RE: Tell me about Gladiolus callianthus

Thanks for the responses. They are supposedly hardy to Zone 7 (USDA) so I am surprised to hear that they can be lost to early frosts.

I have rich soil but HATE staking, (the worst chore in the world). I thought they were only 18-24" tall?

I was going to plant them in May but probably should do it now. This Spring has been SO warm that the soil is probably warm enough.

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