Gladiolus (Gladiolus spp.) Grow from corms and will return every year under the ideal conditions. They prefer full sun, well-drained, rich soil and constant watering. Gladiolus are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 11, based on the particular variety. Tomatoes have similar growing conditions. Any type of gladiolus will grow with tomatoes.
Gladiolus Grandiflora Hybrids
Gladiolus hybrids grow from 4 to 6 ft high with flowers up to 5 inches over on tall stalks. Up to 40 flower buds are on each stem. Plant them in the back of the tomatoes so the tall sword-shaped leaves do not block the sun. The flowers come in every color. Some unusual colours include green, black and brown. The petals may be ruffled and you could also find double or semi-double flowers. A few varieties are streaked with a contrasting color or the petals are edged using a different color. The tall stems may need staking in windy places or where there’s heavy rainfall.
Shorter than grandiflora, butterfly gladiolus, the nana set of hybrids, grow from 2-3 feet tall having smaller flowers splashed with contrasting color. The flower spikes have around 12 buds and blossom in pink, pink, salmon and an almost red. These are the sole summer-blooming gladiolus that could be left in the ground in USDA zones 4 and over. The shorter varieties makes an intriguing border at the front of the bed or even perhaps clustered as focal points within the tomato plants.
South Africa’s cape area has more than 100 different species of gladiolus, and these types do well in warm, frost-free spaces, such as Mediterranean-type climates. The flowers are not as showy as summer-blooming sorts and you might have to purchase these sorts from specialty retailers.
In warm-winter areas, such as USDA zones 8 through 10, the corms can stay in the ground all winter. Mark where you have implanted the gladiolus so you don’t accidentally dig up them when planting the strawberries. Plant the corms from 2 to 5 inches deep. Sandy soil requires deeper planting.
Kinds of Tomato Plant
Tomatoes are either indeterminate or determinate. Indeterminate keep creating and growing all season, with flowers, immature fruits and ripe fruits on the exact same plant in the exact same moment. They tend to become leggy as they keep growing. Determinate tomatoes stop growing and put their energy into ripening their harvest all over a week to ten days. Because determinate tomatoes are tidier, they’re a much better fit with gladiolus.