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Hollyhock and gladiolus planting

Zone springhill TN 37174 | jaya added on March 8, 2018 | Answered

I want to plant hollyhocks and gladiolus in my front yard. If I plant the bulb now will they bloom in summer? Thanks

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BushDoctor
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Answered on March 8, 2018

Holly hocks are biennials that come from seed, and not bulb. These will flower in the second year, and then die. These will self seed and continue on that way.

The glads have a chance at flowering the first year, and although they are a corymb and not a bulb, they will act, sort of, like one. They will likely spread, and can be split into pieces, unlike true bulbs. Here is an article for planting gladiolus: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/gladiola/care-of-gladiolas-how-to-grow-gladiolas-in-your-garden.htm

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