The Gladiolus is the August birth flower, symbolizing generosity, sincerity and infatuation. Its name comes from Latin’s “gladius” meaning “sword” for its sword shaped leaves, which is why it is also sometimes called the Sword Lily. The Gladiolus is a striking, long stemmed flower with beautiful trumpet shaped blooms that emerge from the bottom to the top, ideal for adding beautiful color and height to arrangements. Each 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. Gladiolus are available in 10 different colors, including red, yellow, orange, pink and white.
To care for your Gladiolus follow these steps…
- Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps.
- Fill containers with at least 4 inches of fresh, lukewarm water.
- 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.
- 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.
- Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared water.
- Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Gladiolas may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
- Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
- 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.
Take a look at how some of our DIY Brides have used Gladiolus…