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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Flowers - raw or cooked. Added to salads or used as a boiled vegetable[1].

Flowers

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Gladiolus cruentus.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Gladiolus cruentus.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse at 15°c[2]. It usually germinates freely[3]. The seed can also be sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a warm greenhouse[2]. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be grown on in the pot without disturbance for their first year, giving them an occasional liquid feed to ensure they do not become nutrient deficient. Pot up the small bulbs when they are dormant in the autumn, placing about 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another year or two in the greenhouse and then plant them out in late spring.

Division. Dig up the corms in October, dry them in well ventilated conditions at about 20°c and then store them in a cool but frost-free place over the winter, planting them out about 10cm deep in April[3][2].

Cormlets harvested when digging up the corms in the autumn can be stored in a similar manner to the corms[2]. Larger cormlets can be planted out in spring, smaller ones may be best grown on for a year in the greenhouse.

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Cultivation

Prefers a sunny sheltered position in a light sandy neutral to slightly acid soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7[3][2]. Requires a stony gritty loam.

This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[2].

This species is one of the parents of the cultivated garden gladiolas[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Gladiolus cruentus. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Gladiolus cruentus.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Gladiolus cruentus
Genus
Gladiolus
Family
Iridaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    ?
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type











    References

    1. ? 1.01.1 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.62.7 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)