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Correct way to plant gladiolus bulbs

Q:    I planted some gladiolus bulbs in the spring. The plants are coming into bloom but the plants are falling over. Did I not plant the bulbs correctly and is it too late to correct this?

A:    Gladiolus bulbs should be planted to a depth of about six inches, Most people plant them too shallow and so the condition you describe occurs. You could stake the flower stalk or, if you have a tomato cage, place it around the plant.

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Q:    My heather has produced a lot of seedlings and the bed is getting crowded. Can I dig and re-space the seedlings?

A:    The seedlings can be lifted and re-set. Do this in the fall or spring and hand water them and give liquid fertilizer for the first couple of weeks to get them  off to a good start.

 

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