Gladiolus 'Chocolate'

With Gladiolus 'Chocolate' you've got a colour so rich and glamorous, I can't resist. More
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We are in love with gladioli for planting, and arranging with our dahlias, every summer and autumn. They provide what Vita Sackville West taught us was so important for good plant design, the vertical minaret to the dahlias dome. And with ‘Chocolate’, you’ve got a colour so rich and glamorous, I can’t resist. It makes a triumphant combination with Dahlia ‘Perch Hill’, as shown here in a vase.

Genus Gladiolus
Variety Chocolate
Type Tender Perennial Corm
Common Name Sword Lily
Border Position Back, Container, Middle
Bulb Size 12/+

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Soil Type Acid, Chalky, Neutral
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing Plant 10cm (4in) deep and 10-15cm (4-6in) apart in clumps or lines.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting These are best planted outside from mid-April or in pots from early March, if kept frost-free.
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 the following spring after danger of night frosts has passed. Find out more advice about how to plant and grow gladioli corms on our website.
Flowering July - October, or 3 months from planting
Vase Life Remove the bottom leaves. I prefer to leave the spike tip as this is part of the plant's appeal, but removing it will encourage more flowers further below.
Harvesting Flower production: 2-3 months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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