"generosity and sincerity"

Known as Glads, Gladdies, Spear lily and Sword lilies




Gladiolus hybrida


Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Salmon, White, and Yellow


South Africa, Mediterranean

GladiolusGrower Recommendations

Gladiolus are ethylene sensitive and benefit from an anti-ethylene treatment such as EthylBloc Technology. Ethylene will cause fading, wilting and translucent petals of the florets. To protect flowers from damage, treat flowers with an anti-ethylene product as soon as possible after harvest. After cutting, place flower stems in a solution of HydraFlor® 100 Hydrating Treatment for 1 hour (or up to overnight at 34-38˚ F). Transfer stems to a solution of one of the Floralife®  200 storage and transport treatment products. Please contact Floralife for specifics.

Wholesaler/Retailer Recommendations

Buying Tips:

• Ask: Has product been pretreated with a commercial anti-ethylene product? Has the product been stored and under what conditions?

• Avoid: Stems with florets that are brown or shriveled.

• Purchase spikes that have a few open florets.


Rinse stems of any dirt or debris. Remove foliage below water level. Recut stems, preferably under clean water.


If gladiolus have not been treated with an anti-ethylene product, treat them with a commercial anti-ethylene product such as soon as possible. If the flowers have been properly treated with an anti-ethylene product, use one of Floralife’s hydration solutions to promote water uptake and hydration. This treatment will help increase bud opening, decrease flower wilting and helps keep flower stems free flowing.

There are two Floralife 100 products to consider:

1.) HydraFlor® 100 Hydrating Treatment: A concentrate, generally recommended for maximum results, especially with hard-to-hydrate flowers like roses. The treatment is usually for one half hour at room temperature.

2.) Quick Dip 100 Instant Hydrating Treatment: A ready-to-use version that requires no mixing or measuring. This quick one second dip may be more suitable for use in retail flower shops.

Holding Solution:

Hold flowers at room temperature for 1 - 2 hours (2 - 4 if flowers are limp or exhibiting bent neck) prior to storage in cooler or designing. As a finishing touch to any floral design, spray Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray over entire project.


Place gerbera in a 34 - 38˚ F cooler with 80 - 90% humidity. There is research that suggests that some varieties may be chill sensitive.


Use D.C.D.® Cleaner Solution to clean buckets, vases, coolers, etc. D.C.D.® is specifically formulated to kill microbes over an extended period.

Customer Satisfaction:

Always give a packet of a Floralife® Flower Food with your designs. One liter packets treat one quart of water.


Problem Reason/Solution

Flower fading and / or translucent

Can be exposure to ethylene and /or high temperatures. Make sure that a proper antiethylene treatment is performed.

Failure of remaining florets to open

Possibly stored too long; exposed to extreme temperature or low humidity; kept out of solution for extended periods; or harvested tooearly. Check on harvest date and shipping / storage conditions. Make sure to recut stems under water and use one of Floralife’s Fresh Flower Foods to encourage maximum uptake.

Petal burning

Gladiolus are fluoride sensitive. Water may have high concentration of fluoride. Flower food might minimize the effect.

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