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Gladiolus Care: Enhance the Beauty of Your Bouquets

Gladioli, with their towering spikes of colourful blooms, add drama and elegance to any bouquet. Their bold presence symbolizes strength of character, sincerity, and faithfulness. Here's a guide from KS Flowers on maximizing the lifespan of your gladiolus, ensuring they make a stunning statement in your home. 

Choosing the Freshest Gladiolus

Your gladiolus care journey begins with selecting a vibrant bouquet. Look for:
  • Partially Open Florets: Choose gladioli with a few open florets at the bottom of the spike and several tight buds towards the top. This ensures a long-lasting display.
  • Vibrant Colour: Opt for gladiolus with rich, saturated colors and avoid any with faded or discoloured petals.
  • Healthy Stems: Look for sturdy, green stems with no signs of wilting or damage.
Pro Tip: Always choose your gladiolus from a reputable florist like KS Flowers, where the flowers receive expert handling and optimal freshness is guaranteed. 

Gladiolus Care at Home

  • Clean Vase: Thoroughly wash your vase with warm, soapy water to eliminate bacteria that can shorten flower lifespan.
  • Fresh Cut: Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle, removing about an inch off the bottom. This maximizes water absorption.
  • Hydration is Key: Fill your vase with cool, clean water. Gladioli appreciate a generous amount of water.
  • Flower Food: Add flower food to the water to provide essential nutrients and help your gladiolus last longer.
  • Provide Support: Gladioli stems, especially when in full bloom, may benefit from support. Use floral stakes or lean them against the side of a tall vase.
  • Cool Location: Keep your gladiolus bouquet away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources. They prefer a cool, slightly shaded spot.

Additional Tips for Long-Lasting Gladiolus

  • Remove Faded Florets: As individual florets along the stem fade, gently remove them to keep the focus on the freshest blooms.
  • Change the Water Regularly: Replace the vase water every couple of days to prevent bacteria build-up.
  • Recur the Stems: Periodically re-trim the stems at an angle to maintain optimal water uptake.

Enjoy Your Beautiful Gladiolus!

With proper care, your gladiolus bouquet can bring vibrancy and a touch of drama into your home for a week or sometimes even longer. Their gradual opening provides a delightful visual transformation!

Delivery Options for Your Perfect Bouquet

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History of Gladiolus

  • African Heritage: Gladiolus originate primarily from South Africa, with some species native to the Mediterranean and Asia Minor.
  • Ancient Uses: Early civilizations in Africa used gladiolus corms (the bulb-like base of the plant) for food and medicinal purposes.
  • Roman Symbolism: Roman gladiators wore gladiolus corms as amulets for protection and victory. The flower's name, "gladius", means 'sword' in Latin, reflecting its leaf shape.
  • Language of Flowers: During the Victorian era, gladioli took on a prominent place in the language of flowers, representing strength, moral integrity, and infatuation.

Did You Know? Fun Facts About Gladiolus

  • Impressive Bloom Count: A single gladiolus spike can produce up to 20 vibrantly coloured florets!
  • Variety Extravaganza: Gladioli come in a stunning array of colours, from pastels to bold hues, bicolours, and those with ruffled petals.
  • "Glads" for Short: Gladioli are affectionately nicknamed "glads" by flower enthusiasts.
  • Edible Flowers (with caution): While not typically used for culinary purposes, gladiolus florets are technically edible. However, they can have a slightly bitter taste.

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