Gladiolus is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family. It is sometimes called the ‘Sword lily’, but usually by its generic name (plural gladioli, gladioluses, glads).
Gladiolus flowers come in a variety of bright colors and popular for tall floral arrangements. Wonderful as wedding flowers, fresh cut Gladiolus require a few days for blooms to open that reveal their beautiful colors.
Care Tips. Gladioli are geotropic, which means that stem tips curve upward in response to the forces of gravity, so place these flowers upright in their storage containers. Refrigerating Gladioli at 33 F to 35 F also lessens this geotropic response.
Many florists remove immature buds at the tips of the flower spikes, in an attempt to help lower buds open fully by preventing the distribution of nutrients to upper buds that likely will never open. The effectiveness of this technique, however, has never been supported by scientific research.
Colors: White, Green, Cream, Yellow, Buff, Orange,Salmon, Pink, Red, Lavender, Purple, Blue And Terra Cotta.
Vase Life: 6-12 days, depending on care and handling
Availability: Available year round
Average Length: 2-3 feet
Packing: Bunch of 10 stems, Quarter box