Gladiolus gets its name from the Latin word for sword. This plant is often referred to as the flower of gladiators. Legend claims that ancient warriors wore the corms around their necks to help them during battle. The winner was showered with the flowers in the arena.
When these flowers are in bloom they certainly demand attention. They have long spires of flowers and come in a wide variety of colors from bold reds and oranges to pastel blues, pinks, and yellows. These stately flowers are often found in floral displays at celebrations and remain a favorite in country gardens. Recently they've gained the moniker of "old fashioned" as early American women often planted these flowers at the back of their gardens to create a colorful backdrop.
Gladiolus should only be planted after the danger of frost has passed in the spring. They can be grown in the ground or containers. They should be planted 4 - 6" deep and about 3 - 6" apart. They do have a tendency to fall over so make sure to add a stake for support or plant them a couple inches deeper for additional stability. Gladiolus prefer well-draining soil and full sun. Like all bulbs, let the green brown out through summer to help the plant store energy to flower the following season. Corms should be lifted from the ground in zones 7 and below, as they are not winter hardy.
Our favorite tip is to try planting them in 2-week intervals. This provides an endless supply of cut flowers for summer bouquets or to give as gifts.
- Hardiness Zone: 8-10
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Preferred Soil: Moist and Well Drained
If you are not growing Gladiolus, why not try planting some this summer. If you already grow them, share your photos on our Facebook Page.
Source: Netherland Bulbs