Gladiolus 'Espresso'

The very darkest black crimson gladioli – I love it with acid-green and grow it piercing through Euphorbia 'Goldener Turm'. More
15 corms 209099-15 £4.95 Delivery late February
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30 corms 209099-30 £8.95 Delivery late February
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Gladiolus 'Espresso' is the very darkest black crimson gladioli – I love it with acid-green and grow it piercing through Euphorbia.

These are best planted outside from mid-April or in pots from early March, if kept frost free.

  • Top size corms

Genus Gladiolus
Variety Espresso
Type Tender Perennial Corm
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size 12/14

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Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2m (3ft 11in)
Spacing Plant 10cm (4in) deep and 10-15cm (4-6in) apart in clumps or lines
Care Tips Water regularly during growing season and stake tall varieties. Lift after first frosts. If you're growing in containers, stop watering at the end of summer and bring the pots indoors for the winter. Leave them in their pots or take them out and dry. Put them out again next spring after danger of night frosts has passed. Find out more advice about how to plant and grow gladioli corms.
Flowering July - October (3 months from planting)
Vase Life Remove the bottom leaves, I prefer to leave the spike tip as this is part of the plants appeal but removing it will encourage more flowers below.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice
How to plant and grow gladioli

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Delivery

Bulb Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 1 week for delivery.

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Gladiolus 'Espresso' reviews

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Penelope

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Reviewed 17th November 2018 by Rosie

Stunning gladiolus. Wonderful deep dark red. Love them!

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Anna

no flowers appeared........

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your gladiolus failed to flower and have refunded you for them."

Posted 16th November 2018

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Jo-Anna

They grew but I've had no flowers

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Deb

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jean

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Caroline

Same as above! Foliage but no flowers at all.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jane

The bulbs I’ve had are great

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Susanna

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Christine

The usual prompt delivery, good corms but perhaps rather small. They didn’t all flower well.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Janet

They were bright red, horrible.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Gladiolus and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Amy

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Gillian

Not all have flowered - in hope for better results next year.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Ruth

Only 3 of the bulbs flowered although the leaves appeared . This was particularly disappointing as I planted them in fortnightly intervals as suggested which took a lot of work and planning for little or no return.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Gladioli and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Victoria

Did not perform well. Disappointed.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Gladiolus 'Expresso' and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Anita

Only two of the corms flowered this year....but those that did were spectacular.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Gladiolus and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Tim

didn't do particularly well in a large pot, but maybe they needed more staking?

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Barbara

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Karan

I had an offer code to use up, however it wouldn't accept the code through your website. Spoke to a customer advisor on the phone who was very helpful. Purchases arrived, all planted and my Gladiolus 'Espresso' are just flowering now (4 Sept) and they are such a beautiful, nearly dark maroon colour and look like velvet. Stunning as cut flowers which is why I ordered them and look just gorgeous in my very tall glass vase sat on my fire place. Will differently order them again!