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
Group/Species grandiflorus
Variety Chocolate
Type Tender Perennial
Common Name Sword Lily
Border Position Border (Back)
Bulb Size 12/+

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Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
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 Plant fifteen corms every couple of weeks to give a succession of flowers through the summer and autumn. If you have heavy soil start them off in containers in early spring, put them somewhere bright and cold, but frost-free, and water. Wait for them to shoot and plant them out in the garden from May onwards, by which time you’ll have well established plants. Plant the corms 10cm (4in) apart and 10-15cm (4-6in) deep in clumps or lines. Secured deep in the ground, you are less likely to need a stake. For containers plant five corms in a 15cm (6in) pot at 20cm (8in) deep, you can pack them in more closely than in the ground.
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 here.
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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