'RED BALANCE' Sword Lily (Gladiolus dalenii x grandiflora 'red balance')
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While a red gladiolus is eye-catching in a bouquet, that color tends to fade fast. This variety holds onto its intense hue for a long time, both in the garden and in the vase. In fact, its cut-flower performance is so impressive because it's been exclusively used in the cut-flower industry until recently. 'Red Balance' is only newly available in home gardening as of spring 2020. So grab it and grow like a pro!
Gladiolus have been grown and loved by generations of gardeners. These summer-blooming bulbs produce elegant, 3-foot flower spikes with orchid-like blooms. They look spectacular in a vase and are suitable for growing in flower gardens, container gardens and even vegetable gardens.
Gladiolas are available in a rainbow of gorgeous colors, ranging from white, yellow, pink and lavender, to rose, burgundy, purple and even green. The bulbs are incredibly easy to grow. Just plant them in spring for flowers in late summer.
Shade and Sun: Gladiolus grow best in full sun, but will also flower in partial shade.
Zone: Gladiolas are winter hardy in zones 7-10. In colder zones they can be grown as annuals or the corms may be dug up in the fall and stored indoors for replanting the next spring.
When to Plant: Gladiolus corms may be planted from spring through early summer. The flowers bloom approximately 75-90 days after planting.