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Gladiolus x hortulanus

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Garden Gladiolus is part of the Gladiolus genus and its scientific name is Gladiolus x hortulanus.

A very popular species of Gladiolus, x hortulanus produces tall striking displays of flowers which are excellent when cut. Great for planting in groups for splashes of vibrant colour in the garden, or alternatively they make a great container plant.

This plant is toxic to pets. 1

Garden Gladiolus grows as a perennial and is a flower. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).

Garden Gladiolus is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.52 metres (4.94 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in mid summer.

Try planting Garden Gladiolus if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

South Africa is believed to be where Garden Gladiolus originates from.

Garden Gladiolus is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Typically, Garden Gladiolus is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Garden Gladiolus have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Garden Gladiolus

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Too much nitrogen will cause plant to not set flowers.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 8 to 10 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Garden Gladiolus requires a soil ph of 6.7 - 7.0 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil. Keep in mind when planting that Garden Gladiolus is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Garden Gladiolus to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Garden Gladiolus from seed

Plant corms in spring as soon as ground is workable.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 7.02 inches (18.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 4.29 inches (11.0 cm).

Transplanting Garden Gladiolus

In colder climates corms will need to be dug up and stored, or treat plants as an annual.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around 2°C / 36°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Garden Gladiolus is a half hardy plant.

How long does Garden Gladiolus take to grow?

These estimates for how long Garden Gladiolus takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Garden Gladiolus to germinate?
18 days

Average 18 days | Min 4 days | Max 48 days (51)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Garden Gladiolus?
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Average 0 days | Min days | Max days (0)

Days to Maturity How long until Garden Gladiolus is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 122 days

Average 122 days | Min 80 days | Max 790 days (6)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Garden Gladiolus?
= 140 days

Garden Gladiolus Etymology

From Latin: “a sword” referring to the long shapes.

Other names for Garden Gladiolus

Gladiola, Hybrid Gladiola, Sword lily, Corn flag, Gladioli, Gladioluses, Gladiolas, Gladdies, Glad, Glads

Gladiolar, Gladiolor

Misspellings: gladoliuos, Iridceae gladiolus hortulanus

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