This species Glad is more accurately known as Gladiolus communis ssp. byzantinus, or simply Byzantine Gladiolus. It is native to the Mediterranean region, and can naturalize in frost free areas. In our region it is hardy in Zones 7-10, so in cooler areas it should be lifted in the fall. Cut the plants from the corms and dry them out in a warm cool place before storing them over the winter in a dark, cool spot such as in (carefully labelled) paper bags in the garage. The plants grow 100cm (40") tall and bloom through July and August with very festive pink flowers. These are useful as cut flowers, too. Package contains 10 corms.
Bulbs are easy to plant and easy to grow. Flower Bulbs are broken down into two very general groups – Fall planting bulbs benefit from sitting in cold soil. Spring planting bulbs do not require cold soil to trigger flowering. Fall planting bulbs can be planted any time between late September and January, but most gardeners plant fall bulbs in October and November, about the same time you would plant garlic. Fall planting bulbs will bloom the following spring and early summer. Spring planting bulbs should be sunk into the ground in March and April. They tend to bloom later in the spring, into mid-summer. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Bulbs Guide and grow some colour.