Ever Flowering Gladiolus

Gladiolus tristis

Marsh Afrikaner

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Gladiolus tristis grows from a corm in wetland or marshy areas. It goes dormant after flowering in summer to survive the dry summer in their natural habitat. It can be grown in the garden or in pots, it will grow well in most well-drained soils but it requires large amounts of humus and winter moisture to get the best from it.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Flowers can be cut for the vase.

Propagation

Division

Corm can be divided in the dormant months.

Seed

Sow seeds in spring or autumn into well draining potting mix and keep moist until sprouted.

Special features

Pot plant

Can be grown in pots, keep them well watered in the growing season and dry in the dormant season.

Drought resistant

Natural cycle include a dry summer.

Attractive flowers

Flowers are borne in spikes of up to 20, they are funnel-shaped, 6cm long with a green tinge.

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Western, Southern Cape and Eastern Cape.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Iridaceae

Flower colour

Cream, Brown

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally problem free
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