Mini Gladiolus

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Mini Gladiolus
Common Name: Mini Gladiolus
Botanical Name: Gladiolus spp. (glad-ee-O-lus)
Decorative Life: From 2-3 weeks.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Flower stems are geotropic which means they bend upwards from gravity. Handle in vertical position to prevent bending or handle horizontally only at 32-34 degrees F.
Harvest Instructions: Most consumers (and even growers and florists) would probably not consider gladioli as a potted crop. Yet, it was not that many years ago that freesia were only grown as a cut flower but now are commonly marketed as potted plants. Hence, the future of potted gladiolus is yet to be determined. To help make potted gladioli a potentially successful crop, cultivar selection is important. For example, some reportedly good mini glads are 'Adi' (currant-red), 'Kinnereth' (violet), 'Ronit' (purple), 'Yamit' (violet), 'Nirit (blood-red) and 'Keren-Or'. Growth retardants are often required for height control. One way to apply the growth retardant is to vacuum infiltrate the corms before planting.
Family Roots:
  • As a member of the Iridaceae (iris family), its cousins include Iris, Freesia, Crocus, Ixia and Watsonia.
  • Native to South Africa.
  • Normally has 4-8 flowers on a one-sided spike. Stems are fleshy, up to 2 feet long for the mini types. Plant is a perennial from corms. While a few cultivars are sweetly scented, most have no fragrance.
Flower Color: Almost any color except blue.
  • Gladiolus means sword in Latin, referring to the long pointed leaves. This might explain one early common name, sword lily.
  • Grown from corms, not bulbs. The first species as we know them today were introduced from Ghent, Belgium in 1841.
  • Flower forms: ruffled, fringed, orchid-like, tulip-like and rose-like.
  • Some cultivars are sensitive to fluoride found in water supplies, which can result in flower tip burn.