The Main Plant entry for Gladiola (Gladiolus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Cut Flower
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Corms

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Common names
  • Gladiola

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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 11:53 PM concerning plant:
    "Gladioli are half-hardy in temperate climates. They grow from rounded, symmetrical corms, that are enveloped in several layers of brownish, fibrous tunics.

    Gladioli are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Large Yellow Underwing.

    In temperate zones, the corms of most species and hybrids should be lifted in autumn and stored over winter in a frost-free place, then replanted in spring. Some species from Europe and high altitudes in Africa, as well as the small 'Nanus' hybrids, are much hardier (to at least -15°F/-26°C) and can be left in the ground in regions with sufficiently dry winters. 'Nanus' is hardy to Zones 5-8. The large-flowered types require moisture during the growing season, and must be individually staked as soon as the sword-shaped flower heads appear. The leaves must be allowed to die down naturally before lifting and storing the corms. Plants are propagated either from small cormlets produced as offsets by the parent corms, or from seed. In either case, they take several years to get to flowering size. Clumps should be dug up and divided every few years to keep them vigorous."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...
Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On May 1, 2015 Plant emerged
dragonfetti On March 1, 2015 Seeds sown
Planted several in 'Old Man Gulch #1' bed.
chelle On July 22, 2015 Harvested
First 35+ out of the batch of eighty.
chelle On May 2, 2015 Transplanted
Mix of 80, old veggie patch, N and W edges of raised bed.
piksihk On May 20, 2022 Bloomed
Dark purple - back fence
piksihk On August 14, 2021 Bloomed
yellow - east side border
piksihk On June 9, 2020 Bloomed
fuchsia/white at WG; Laura found on ground - cut and took home
piksihk On May 24, 2020 Bloomed
Yellow with reddish stripe - 2 bloomed;
another bloom 6/8/20
piksihk On July 17, 2019 Bloomed
Lovely pink fuchsia WG white barrel planter
piksihk On July 15, 2019 Bloomed
yellow - HW -


piksihk On May 18, 2019 Bloomed
round pot; yellow with red thin stripe; HW frt bed/dining room - a dark purple
piksihk On July 17, 2018 Bloomed
Side bed HW- yellow
piksihk On June 6, 2018 Bloomed
two yellow with a dark stripe on petals (one was supposed to be Jester);
piksihk On May 5, 2018 Bloomed
dark burg/fuchsia in side bed/Ali's/frt of W. Flory
piksihk On July 4, 2017 Bloomed
Yellow (was supposed to be jester) HW bed
piksihk On April 28, 2017 Bloomed
Dark purple under the pecan tree with crocosmias
Burg red in front of Walter flory
piksihk On May 17, 2016 Bloomed
Dark purple, fuchsia, and yellow (not jester); the fuchsia ones at HW; vista and purple in window boxes
BlueHole On February 1, 2018 Potted up
Divided bulbs that were planted with asiatic lilies. Had not proliferated like the lilies, but there were some new bulbs and definite growth in size.
SkirtGardener On May 22, 2020 Obtained plant
enough to share
paleohunter On April 20, 2022 Potted up
paleohunter On March 27, 2021 Potted up
Glad Mix
WebTucker On July 31, 2022 Plant emerged
WebTucker On July 14, 2022 Potted up
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Wow! by plantladylin May 5, 2013 4:38 AM 3
correct id? by robertduval14 Nov 2, 2016 9:32 PM 1
correct id? by robertduval14 Nov 2, 2016 9:51 PM 3
Very pretty, question about species by purpleinopp Apr 29, 2017 6:30 AM 0

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