my friend has clumps - and I mean clumps - of gladioli. they are at the front of her garden in 2 very small beds, but they are really clumped together, en masse.about 2ft x 4ft.
the leaves are a real feature, but this year the flowers have been a bit pathetic, straggley, and on one side, she hasn't had any. now how long they have been like that, whether or not she has ever lifted them, I don't know. I doubt it.
my problem is, do I advice her to;
take them all out, replanting the bulbs leaving more space.
take a few out at a time and plant out next year(tho she has no greenhouse/gararge etc)
any suggestions would be most welcome, as I cant find anything on the internet about clumping gladioli! and it would look very bare with nothing there..
I seem to remember that gladioli are like crocosmia. they form bulbs upon bulbs.
I'd dig up, sort out, and replant.
Dig them up, fertilise the soil. Replant the big ones, discard little bulbs.
Gladioli are cheap. Last year Lidl had huge bags for a fiver. Maybe time for a change.?
like the idea of digging up and replanting, don't think she would go for anything new! I would but its her garden.thanks for the advice!