Gladiolus 'Velvet Eyes'

Rich, purple-red, overlaid with crimson in the three central petals. Classy and everyone's favourite in our new gladioli trial More
15 corms 209165-15 £4.95 In stock
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30 corms 209165-30 £9.50 In stock
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Rich, purple-red, overlaid with crimson in the three central petals. Classy and everyone's favourite in our new gladioli trial.

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Genus Gladiolus
Group/Species grandiflorus
Variety Velvet Eyes
Type Tender Perennial
Common Name Gladioli
Border Position Border (Back)
Bulb Size 12
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 15cm (6in)
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 (3 months from planting)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
How to plant and grow gladioli

Our guide to growing these magnificent cut flowers - easy to grow and perfect for cutting.


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Gladiolus 'Velvet Eyes' reviews

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Reviewed 2nd August 2019 by Mrs Jopling

Beautiful - they have just started flowering and are very eye-catching.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by ROSALIND

They were good bulbs and a good size

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Reviewed 14th July 2019 by Jackie

Only grown to 8 inches so far

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Penelope

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Reviewed 19th November 2018 by Marian

The dahlias I bought have been amazingly beautiful, so much so that I intended to write to tell you.
BUT when I was trying to buy tulips recently I was not able to put in a new password. I gave up after about 20 mins of attempting to do so, very frustrating.
I have been very pleased with all the plants I have purchased over the years.

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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 31st October 2018 by Pauline

Same as other gladi this year, no flowers.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Susan

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Mrs Lampitt

Also did not appear out of the ground extremely disappointed

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Barbara

Very good but not as tall as the green star

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Mrs Betts

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Mrs Cottrell

L only had three corms flower, and the flowers. on them did not open properly.So not happy with my order. J.Cottrell.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

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

Posted 7th November 2018


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Reviewed 31st May 2018 by Maria Collins

Looking very strong and healthy just waiting for them to flower know.
Every thing that I have brought from them has been very good quality and so strong and healthy looking. Very pleased