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Gladiolus ‘Rainbow Mix’

An old-time favorite, Gladioli are usually grown for elegant flower arrangements but they are also a great choice to fill your borders with flamboyant color! The spectacular stately, giant flower spikes in this mix are the products of centuries of hybridization. Sometimes called the sword lily, the most widely used English common name for these plants is simply Gladiolus. They come in a rainbow of colors, and their long stems mean you can grow armloads of flowers in a small space. Gladioli make great cut flowers. Their sword-like foliage and tall, impressive flower spikes, make striking accents in the mixed flower border. They are also key elements in a shrub border and amongst perennials. One of the best flowers for arrangements, lasting a week or more in the vase.

Gladioli have been extensively hybridized and a wide range of ornamental flower colors are available from the many varieties. The main hybrid groups have been obtained by crossing between four or five species. They make very good cut flowers. However, due to their height, the cultivated forms frequently tend to fall over in the wind if left on the plant. This can be easily helped buy simple staking. For best garden effect, plant in groups of six or more of a single color, or grow dozens of them in a bed reserved for cutting. Imagine the luxury of having armloads of glads to display around the house!

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GL700000 Gladiolus, Rainbow Mix out of stock $55.00
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Plant Details +

Bulb Type Corm
Size #1
Height 30-40"
Spacing 5"
Hardiness Tender – Gladiolus will winter over in the garden in zones 8-11; elsewhere dig them up in the fall and store indoors.
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Flower Dark pink
Bloomtime July - September

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Planting/Care Instructions +

Easy to Grow: 1. Dig a hole 4-6" deep. 2. Place corm in hole, pointed side up. 3. Cover with soil and water thoroughly.

Planting Instructions: Gladiolus will grow in any good garden soil but do need full sun and good drainage. Plant 4" deep in clay soils, 6" deep in others; the deeper the planting the less need for staking. Planting Tips: Stake for best appearance and straightest stems. Space planting times at two-week intervals from early spring to late June to ensure a continuation of mid and late summer blooms. Plant at biweekly intervals for continuous color. Increase water and fertilizer when flowers begin to develop. Space plants 5" apart. Plant height 30-40" tall.

When to Plant Outdoors: Plant in the spring, after the ground warms to about 50º F.