Gladioli originate from South Africa and are members of the Iris family iridaceae
The botanical genus name Gladiolus is from the Latin for a 'Small sword'
Classes / Flower sizes
Large flowered:- 100mm to 175mm across
Small-flowered or Butterfly group:-50mm to 100mm across.
Primulinus:- 50mm to 75mm across.
Miniature:- 35mm to 50mm across
Planting Out:- Planting can start in March, in colder areas wait until early April.
Planting distances:- a simple way to work out suitable spacings is, divide the ultimate height of the plant by four, e.g. 3' high divided by 4 equals 9"
Gladioli must never want for water, particularly from the time the first flower spike shows. Give at least 1 gallon per four to six plants.
Lift the plants six weeks after the last flower fades. Allow them to dry for a few days then clean off surplus soil. Once cleaned, store the corms in a dry airy place, with a minimum temperature of 10C to 15C