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I planted some gladioli bulbs for the first time this year, and although they have plenty of leaves, none of them have flowered. I have heard that they don’t always flower the first year, but wonder if this is true, as my friend planted some bulbs this year and all of them have flowered. She planted hers a couple of weeks before I did, but I was still well within the planting time. Does anyone know whether mine might flower next year, or have I just been unlucky and have some dud plants?


  • Hi Red maple, mine have been exactly as you describe, plenty of leaves but only one or two flowered, or “ fur coat and no knickers” as my other half said, I live in hope that they will come good next year.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,443
    If they were large corms, they will flower unless you have them in deep shade. Small corms will build up for next year.  I planted in succession, starting in May, they are now flowering, later ones are not flowering yet. They usually flower 70 to 90 days after planting. Some varieties are slower than others.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,271
    Similar for me - but I didn't get any flowers either.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Red mapleRed maple Posts: 988
    Thank you for your replies. The corms weren’t particularly large, but neither were they particularly small! They aren’t in especially shady areas, so hopefully next year they might give a better result.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,271
    I'll give mine another season too Red maple as its been such a quirky year.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    I’ve had about fifty percent flower so far.  They seem to be a very slow burn kind of plant.  I’d more or less given up on the majority, then a bunch flowered suddenly.  My front garden gladioli haven’t flowered one yet, but I’m giving it time.
  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 948
    Hmmm I planted mine in pots on the patio... thought that was the reason they didn't flower... Def case of 'fur coat and no knickers' as far as I can see...
  • ZenjeffZenjeff Posts: 652
    Mine are flowering nicely here in the NE

  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,696
    My first attempt at growing gladioli was pitiful so decided to try iris instead. Bought them from the pound shop but what did I get? Beautiful gladioli!  :)
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 391
    Most of mine have done alright..though do need near enough full sun and need to be planted pretty deep in amended soil (if you have clay loam like me).
     I only started planting them 3 years ago and I've noticed those planted deeper are more reliable bloom wise
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