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Flower Spotlight: Gladiolus Flowers

written by Marina Strong August 19, 2013

The Gladiolus, sometimes know as the Sword Lily, is the August birth flower. It is a striking, long stemmed flower with beautiful trumpet shaped blooms that emerge from the bottom to the top. Its name comes from Latin’s “gladius” meaning “sword” for its sword shaped leaves, hence why it is also sometimes called the Sword Lily. The Gladiolus symbolizes generosity, sincerity and infatuation. Ideal for adding beautiful color and height to arrangements, Gladiolus are Modern yet Classic, Simple yet Elegant. It’s all in how you style them! Check out some of the ways our DIY Brides have used their wholesale Gladiolus flowers…

Gladiolus Inspiration

Gladiolus Inspiration

Read their testimonials! Links clockwise from top left: Classic White Gladiolus Arrangement, Rustic Yellow Arrangement, White Centerpiece and Dessert Table Arrangement, Modern Long and Low Centerpieces.


Each Gladiolus stem features about 8-12 blooms running the length of the stem and the stem length can average between 44-48 inches with our premium and super premium gladiolus. They are available in 10 different colors, including Pink, Purple, Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, and, of course, White. To see our full selection of Gladiolus, click here.

Gladiolus - Photo By - Danny Burk

Gladiolus – Photo By – Danny Burk

Because these flowers need some time to bloom open, we recommend receiving your Gladiolus flowers 4 days before your event. To care for your Gladiolus follow these steps…

  1. Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps.
  2. Fill containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, lukewarm water.
  3. Add floral food to prevent bacteria from forming in the water and to give added nutrients to the Gladiolas. If you do not have flower food, it can be purchased at any local florist.
  4. Using sharp scissors or a knife, place the stems under running water and cut them diagonally approximately one inch from each of the stem’s bottom edges.
  5. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water.
  6. Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Gladiolas may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
  7. Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
  8. Change water every 24 to 48 hours or when the water becomes cloudy to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your Gladiolas have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.

Enjoy your flowers!