Gladiolus - Sword Lily - Corm Lily
Gladioli are attractive, perennial ornamental garden plants. They grow from symmetrical corms. Gladioli bulbs in botanical terms are referred to as corms. It is a shortened thickened section of stem seen at the base of the plant.
Gladioli flowers grow on tall tightly packed spikes. These fragrant large flower spikes have 6-8 one sided blossoms. They last for 7- 10 days, and are available in wide variety of colors. They are good for cut flowers and are used in bouquets and flower arrangements.
How to grow Gladioli:
Gladioli can be propagated by dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs. Corns can be readily purchased at your local nursery.
1) Till and loosen the your garden soil to about 12-15 inches deep and mix in 2-4 inch layer of compost.
2) Make holes of about 4 inches deep in the soil. Set the corm in the hole with the pointed end facing up. Cover with soil and press firmly.
3) Space the corms 3-6 inches apart. Water the corms thoroughly.
Gladioli are easily be grown from seeds.
1) Plant the seeds an inch apart in a well drained soil that is 8-10 inches deep, filled with two thirds loam and one third leaf mold or peat moss with a good amount of sand added.
2) Cover the seeds with about 1/4 inch of soil. If the soil is kept fairly moist, the seeds sprout in a few weeks.
3) Transplant the seedlings in a fairly sunny location in the garden.
It takes about 90 days from the time gladioli are planted to root, grow and bloom.