Gladiolus: How to fill of color your garden

Its name comes from its shape which means small sword in Latin (gladiolus). Its flowering gives incredible colors and different from each other and, unlike so many other flowers, can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Its bulbs, called “corms”, can be put in specific and bred in the house to paint the brightest corners vessels.

The height of the gladiolus varies from 20 cm to a meter, depending on the species that you decided to buy, the colors, as mentioned, are many! To you, that you are the “artists”, the choice on how to paint the corner of the garden or the terrace where you decide to place these beautiful flowers.


The corms of gladiolus are on the market, in general, from February to the end of April since the commissioning period abode for this flower is spring and the flowering occurs in summer. Place the bulbs 10-15 cm away from each other, following the instructions contained in the packages. There are also gladioli in seeds but the propagation times are really long (2-3 years), Once your gladioli will be in bloom, you will need a greater intake of water, taking care not to create puddles that could ruin the plant.

The gladiolus flower, alas, never lasts too and ended the season would be good to unearth the bulb and store in the fridge for the following season. The corms not hold up very cold climates and, especially when left them in pots, they might not give you more other blooms.


In the language of flowers, the gladiolus is strength of character but also love at first sight, generosity and, as opposed to everything: distrust. If you decide to give it to someone maybe do it to the second appointment (could be misunderstood) 😉


The Gladiolus communis  is the spread between Spain, Greece and, therefore, also includes Italy and the Bizantynus is native to the Mediterranean areas, it counts from 6 to 10 flowers on the stem and even boasts a very rare variety with white flowers.

The Gladiolus cardinalis comes from South Africa and is the “father” of the hybrids that adorn our gardens. He does not like the cold, and survives well in partial shade, as well as hybrids that are the most common in our gardens: the bloom does not exceed four weeks but despite this they are also the easiest to cultivate.

The Gladiolus Grandis is a native fragrant species from South Africa. Its particularity is to change color 2-3 times a day going from rust to blue and back to red at sunrise!

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