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‘Fidelio’ Gladiolus

Gladiolus 'Fidelio'

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This 3- to 4-foot-tall glad has luminous deep purplish-rose flowers. It dates from 1959 and is called ‘Fidelio’ after Beethoven’s joyous opera.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSoft-lavender blossoms.

CareFull sun to part shade in fertile, well-drained soil. Treat as annuals, or dig up and store 6 weeks after bloom (dip in fungicide and allow to dry for a few weeks).

PropagationSow seed at 59°F in spring. Separate cormlets when dormant.

ProblemsGladiolus corm rot (Fusarium), gray mold (Botrytis), viruses, aster yellows, spider mites, thrips, aphids.

  • Genus : Gladiolus
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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