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May 14, 2020 1:00 PM CST
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Name: graveshiftggardenerg
Central coast.CA zone 9a or 9G (Zone 9a)
Newbie, retired in central coast CA
If I plant gladioulus in a huge pot, when do I cut them back and is there another flower I can add while they're dormant to keep the pot attractive? I live in zone 9 and very new to gardening!help p!ease

Beginner gardener,work into dark hours on my yard. All help or suggestions appreciated.
May 14, 2020 1:25 PM CST
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Kabooha, gladiolus bulbs or corms need to be lifted after they finish blooming. They can be grown in a container, but they only bloom for a certain period and then they are spent.

Here is a website to educate you about them. They are beautiful and make lovely floral arrangements. The blooms and the green blades alike are attractive in arrangements. I love them and I used to have lots of them in my cutting garden. I tip my hat to you.
May 14, 2020 3:42 PM CST
Name: sumire
Reno, Nevada (Zone 6a)
My gladiolas have been planted in the same planter box for about 15 years. Occasionally one pops up elsewhere when a gopher or squirrel steals one. Occasionally I throw plant food at them when throwing it at the rest of the garden. They bloom beautifully each summer.

I would plant something with relatively similar light and water requirements in the pot with the corms, whose rooting systems and whose tops won't bury the bulbs too badly. (Skip mint or chives.) Nasturtiums are a favorite of mine.
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