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Question: I'm sorry , I think there was a misunderstanding regarding my question
about my planting some Anemone De Cean , Ranunculus , and Gladioli
Bulbls inmy Zone 10 container garden facing a hot & humid bay. The
only conditions I Don't have is 4 hrs of morning sun. ( not where I can
see them) But there is a huge tree in the back with a spot in the center
letting in hot noonday sun for about three hrs. maybe less and an area
to the west south west against the fence w/about four hrs. of
afternoon sun. There are spots w/ dappled shade too. Do you think the
noonday sun is too hot, even if it's for a shorter time? It does say
full sun on the package,then again I am zone 10. Sorry for any
confusion, I love these flowers and want to grow them well. P.S. How
long do you think I should soak them for before planting? Oh and the
mulch , do I remove it after they sprout ? Thanks again

Answer: In hot, humid climates plants like gladiolus and ranunculus tend to droop in mid-summer unless they are protected from hot sunshine. That's why I suggested some afternoon shade, even though they are traditionally planted in full sun in other parts of the country. Or, you could plant them early so they can finish flowering before the hottest part of the summer (they take 8-10 weeks from planting to flowering). I can only suggest that you try planting them under the tree and see how they perform. If it's too hot and sunny you can move them next season. Soaking isn't always necessary but a few hours in water will help them plump up. Don't worry about moving the mulch - the plants will sprout up through the mulch.

Hope you have great success!

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