Gladioli is a genus of the Iridaceae family and are cultivated from corms. The word ‘gladioli’ is derived from the Latin word ‘gladius’ – meaning ‘sword’. This is because the shape of the gladiolus is similar to that of a sword.
The stems of gladioli are unbranched with the colourful flowers growing along most of it, all the way to the top. Gladioli leaves are long and slender, also taking on the form of a sword.
Gladioli are available as a cut flower on the wholesale flower markets in two main forms:
- Miniature Gladioli – (referred to as bridal gladioli). These are wholesaled in wraps of 20 or 50 stems. The flowers are petite and stem lengths are usually no more than 60/70cm. As the name suggests Bridal Gladioli are extensivlely used in wedding flowers.
- Large Gladioli – (referred to as gladioli grandiflora). These glads are wholesaled in wraps of 10 stems and can be anything up to 120cm in height.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut gladioli please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the gladioli in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Gladioli will naturally bend towards the light, (like tulips). To prevent this, simply remove the buds at the very top of the stems.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the gladioli in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.