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Jun 13, 2020 8:04 AM CST
Chapel Hill, NC
Hi there! My gladiolus flowers always fall over and snap the stem when they bloom. Do you have any tips on keeping them upright? I'm a novice gardener and have just been propping them up with sticks that I find, but wondering if there's a better option.

Thanks!

Hannah
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Jun 14, 2020 12:19 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Yes there is a way to keep them up right by using a trellis. TRELLIS NETTING Place a netting supported by short stakes parallel to the ground over the area the corms are planted. Allow the gladiolus to grow through the netting. . Groupings of gladiolus can also be placed against a fence.
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Jun 14, 2020 1:03 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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The corms might not be planted deeply enough. Sometimes it helps to plant a little deeper than recommended if you have sandy or very loose loamy soil.

Also, it you're feeding them a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, they might be shooting up too fast and becoming too leggy to stay upright. Most glads do well when planted with a phosphorus supplement like bone meal. They will also grow weakly if they don't get enough sun.

Along with Luke's idea about the trellis netting when planting, for fixing the issue after they're grown, try branched sticks. I save a few them when pruning trees or woody plants, then poke them among floppy plants as needed during the growing season. The side branches are more effective than plain stakes, and no string required.

I hope rather than having a growing problem, your flower heads are so big and luscious they're just too heavy for the stalk!

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