Travelers through agricultural areas may occasionally see something quite different from the usual fields of corn or piles of pumpkins. Instead, they may find themselves driving past huge areas filled with row after row of colorful flowers. If you have some land and would like to create a field of flowers for yourself, it isn’t hard to do, but it will take some time and effort on your part. Whether you have a tractor or just a small tiller, you too can have rows of purple flowers growing in your field almost before you know it.
Till the field until the soil is soft and has no visible rocks or weeds in it. The idea is to make the soil smooth and workable, and to eliminate as much plantlife competition as possible so your flowers can get a good start.
Stake out your rows. These should be as straight as possible. Plant a stake at one end of the field where the row should start, and another at the opposite side of the field where the row should end. You can tie a string between the two to use as a guide or just walk a straight path between them.
Attach the hiller-furrow accessory to the tiller. Set it to the appropriate depth for the size of your corms. Very large corms should be planted 6 inches deep, medium ones about 4 to 5 inches deep, and small corms should be planted about 3 inches deep.
Put the corms in the furrow by hand. Be careful to plant them with the pointed side up. Space big ones 6 inches apart, medium ones 4 to 5 inches apart, and plant small corms about 2 inches apart. If your furrow is wide enough, you can stagger them, placing the corms on alternate sides of the furrow in a zig-zag pattern, resulting in 2 rows of flowers from a single furrow.
Cover the corms with soil, using the hoe to gently fill in each furrow. Do not pack the soil in too tightly or the flowers may not grow.
Water the rows to help the corms get started. How much you need to use will depend on your soil and weather conditions, but be sure to add enough water to soak down to where the corms are planted. Depending on your variety of gladiolus, your flowers should begin to bloom anywhere from 60 to 120 days after planting, filling your field with rows of elegant purple flowers.
There are many different kinds of purple flowers. You can choose another type of flower to plant, following these instructions. Check for planting depth and sun requirements when purchasing any type of flower. When planting gladiolus, plant them from the beginning of May through the middle of June.
Tillers can be dangerous. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when using such equipment. Wear eye protection if the manufacturer recommends it.Read more: