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Gladiolus carmineus


Gladiolus carmineus (Iridaceae)It is a cormous perennial growing to 35 cm. Three to five trailing, sword-shaped leaves are produced during winter in years when the plant does not flower, usually alternating annually. Flowering happens at the end of summer to mid-autumn. Sowing: Seed is sown in autumn, thinly, in deep (min. 10 cm) seed trays, to allow for root development. The soil medium should be well drained, a recommended mix being 2 parts sand: 2 parts compost: 1 part loam or equal parts sand and compost, and the seeds should be planted 3-4 mm deep, covered with clean sand and kept moist and lightly shaded. Locality: Rooiels. Harvest: November 2023


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