Gladiolus (“glads” to most of us) are gorgeous, easy-to-grow plants that thrive with very little effort on your part. Growing glads is so simple, it’s almost a matter of sticking the corms in the soil, then sitting back and watching the magic. But sometimes the tall gladiolus falling over in the garden can be troublesome, if not unattractive. Luckily, with a little added support, this can be easily remedied. Read on for some tips on staking gladiolus.
Do Gladiolus Plants Need Staking?
It depends on the variety, as plants can reach heights of 2 to 6 feet (1.5-2 m.). Gladiolus staking will prevent tall gladiolus falling over in a strong wind as the plant matures, or even under the weight of the beautiful blooms. The good news is that staking gladiolus isn’t difficult and won’t take much of your time.
How to Stake Glads
Place a stake near the base of the plant. The stake can consist of wood or bamboo. You can also use PVC pipe, which won’t deteriorate. The length of the stake should be the expected mature height of the glad, plus about 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm.).
Tap the stake into the ground with hammer until it’s anchored securely, at least 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm.). deep. The stake should be installed near the base of the plant, but be careful not to pierce the corms.
Tie the glad loosely to the stake with garden twine or jute. Add a tie every few inches as the plant grows. Include a tie in the middle of the bloom, as this is where the weight of the flower often causes stems to break.
Remove the stakes after the plant is finished blooming in late summer or early fall.
Gladiolus Staking in Rows and Clumps
If you plant gladiolus in rows, install a stake at each end of the row, then run fishing line or sturdy twine down the length of the row.
If you’re growing glads in clumps, place three or four stakes around each clump, then surround the plant with twine. Run twine through the center of the clump for good measure.