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Gladiolus quadrangularis


Gladiolus quadrangularis. Stem slender, terete, simple, 2–3 ft. long; leaves like those of Gladiolus tristis, superposed, narrow linear; flowers 2–4 in a very lax spike; outer spathe-valve lanceolate, herbaceous, 1 1/2–2 in. long; perianth variegated, bright red and yellow; tube curved. 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: Ceres. Harvest: October 2023


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