How to grow Gladiolus italicus

Gladiolus italicus grow and care – geophyte herbaceous of the genus Gladiolus also known as Sword lily or Gladiola, Gladiolus italicus perennial deciduous used as ornamental plant and used as cut flower, can grow in mediterranean, subtropics or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 5-10.

Leaves color green in sward shape.

Gladiolus italicus flower

Flower color can be: magenta purple-pink the flower has 6 petals 3 in the top open 3 down connected, the flowers grow on stalk and start to bloom from bottom to the top.

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How to grow Gladiolus italicus growing and care:

Well drained soil

What is the best way to start growing Gladiola:
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes if you want the same color

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:

Pests and diseases:
Spider mites, rust, thrips, aphids

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
When the leaves dies cut in the base of the plant

Size of the plant?
0.5-1.5 m, 20-60 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Magenta purple flowers with 6 petals 3 in the top open 3 down connected, the flowers grow on stalk and start to bloom from bottom to the top.

Scientific name:

Gladiolus italicus

How to grow Gladiolus italicus

Growing Gladiolus italicus

Gladiolus italicus


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Purple flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Geophyte
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Floristry
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9