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Gladiolus, Fordhook Ruffled Pastel Mix

Short Description

Tall stately flowers make gorgeous summer bouquets and elegant tall accents in garden beds or borders.

Full Description

A unique and lovely gladiolus variety with large, ruffled flowers in soft pastel colors. The ruffled spikes give a whole new look to your cutting garden designs. Hardy in zones 8-11 only.
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Gladiolus, Fordhook Ruffled Pastel Mix
Gladiolus, Fordhook Ruffled Pastel Mix, , large
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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    Gladiolus
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How Plant

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a sunny site or container with good drainage protected from wind.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plant the bulbs, 3-5 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Plant the bulb with the pointy side up.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • In fall just before the first frost, carefully dig up the bulbs, cut back any foliage and store the bulbs dry at room temperature until next spring.
  • Taller varieties are subject to wind damage, be sure to plant these out of the wind.
  • Gladiolus is great for beds and borders, and shorter varieties are good for containers.
  • Glads make impressive cut flowers.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36-60 inches
Spread
6 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Yellow
Gladiolus, Fordhook Ruffled Pastel Mix is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not so pastel I ordered these this year. They all came up! Super success rate! They have begun to bloom. They are not pastel, they are almost black. Pretty but a surprise!
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2006-03-14
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