Gladioli Black Velvet is traditionally tall and full flowering, producing deep blue-purple flowers. A stylish looking flower aptly named for its huge velvety blooms, adorned with sword-shaped foliage which provides a simple backdrop for the showypetals. Well-drained soil and a sunny location are ideal for growing Gladioli. At Parkers we recommend planting Gladioli in groups at monthly intervals, starting early spring, to extend the flowering season for a showcase that lasts all summer long. With Gladioli Black Velvet, we recommend planting with Gladioli Sancerre (as illustrated) for a light and dark theme. Plant in clumps rather than lines for a natural look. Top quality 12/14cm corms supplied. Flowers June to September. Height 1m.
|Mature Height||100 cm|
|Mature Spread||20 cm|
|Plant Spacing||15 cm|
|Annual Growth||100 cm|
|Planting||Plant at approx 10-15cm deep.|
|Soil Type||Well drained, light, sandy soil|
Growing at a glance…
Plant gladioli about 10-15cm deep and about 10-15cm apart, in fertile/well drained soil in autumn or spring. When planting in a heavy soil, place some sand underneath each corm to help with drainage. You can water regularly as the growth begins to appear and you can dead head when flowers begin to die off, though make sure to leave foliage to grow throughout the summer. In late autumn when frosty and cold nights are likely to return, you should lift and dry the corms and store over the winter in a frost free shed/garage until ready to plant again next year.