Peacock Orchid Bulbs - Gladiolus acidanthera
Coming Soon for Spring 2019!
- Perennial; Grows up to 3 ft Tall with 4 Inch Flowers
- Late Summer Blooming, Easy to Grow,White Blooms With Mahogany Heart
- Prefers Full Sun
Availability & Turnaround Time
All seeds are shipped year-round, while flower bulbs are shipped on a seasonal basis. Typical turnaround times for in-stock items is between 2 – 5 business days.
|Zones 2 – 10||Year-Round|
|Spring Planted Bulbs & Perennials (Warmest Regions First):|
|Zones 8 – 10||Early-Mid March|
|Zones 7||Mid-Late March|
|Zones 6||Late March - Early April|
|Zones 5||Early-Mid April|
|Zones 2 – 4||Late April - Early May|
|Fall Planted Bulbs & Perennials (Coldest Regions First*):|
|Zones 2-4||Mid September|
|Zones 5||Mid-Late September|
|Zones 6||Late September|
|Zones 7||Late September - Early October|
|Zones 8-10||Early October|
We try our utmost to maintain reliable inventory of all products, and are very proud of our record in doing so. However, as we are a company engaged in what Mother Nature provides, we do sometimes experience shortages and crop failures beyond our control. If, for any reason, we are required to backorder any portion of your order, rest assured we will keep you apprised of updated shipping information and/or any other options that may satisfy your needs and wishes.
Abyssinian Gladiolus - Peacock Orchid - Acidanthera murielae
This species of Gladiolus has a large number of common names, including Abyssinian gladiolus, Fragrant gladiolus, Sword lily and Peacock orchid. Native to the mountain areas of East Africa. Sword-shaped medium green leaves in upright fans typical of gladiolus give way to fragrant star-shaped white flowers with dark purple throats. Beautiful late blooming addition to your garden with late summer to early fall blooms.
Name: Peacock Orchid Botanical Name: Acidanthera murielae Life Cycle: Perennial Bulb/Tuber Size: 8 cm Circumference Color: White Blooms With Mahogany Heart Planting Season: Spring Bloom Season: August - September Height at Maturity: 3ft Stems, 4" Flowers Planting Depth: 3" - 4" Deep Light Requirement: Full Sun Hardiness Zones: 8 - 10 Ships: Spring
Peacock Orchids, although called orchids, are actually in the Gladiolus family. Gladiolus, (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of perennial bulbous flowering plants in the iris family – Glads actually do not grow from bulbs but from “corm” – a closely related cousin. Peacock Orchids plants are attractive, perennial herbs and semi hardy in temperate climates. Peacock Orchids are easy to grow, colorful and make great cut flowers. With very little work needed, your Peacock Orchids will burst into bloom in mid-Summer, adorning your garden with showy flowers that will make for a wonderful addition to any scheme.
When to Plant your Peacock Orchid Bulbs:
Plant your bulbs in the spring, after any chance of freeze has passed. Peacock Orchids can’t handle any freezes so consult your local extension office or agricultural centers for more information.
Where to Plant your Peacock Orchid Bulbs:
While they prefer full sun, the Peacock Orchid can grow anywhere with at least 6 hours of full sun a day. These plants prefer a rich, soft soil, and plenty of water. If the soil is poor, add a little fertilizer to help stimulate growth.
How to Plant your Peacock Orchid Bulbs:
The Peacock Orchid bulbs (or corm) can be grown in rows, or bunches. They will tolerate a little crowding, but will grow bigger if spaced out. We recommend planting the bulbs 8 inches deep - secured deep in the ground, you are less likely to need a stake. Plant them about 6 inches apart. If you have bought quite a few, don't plant them all at once. Stagger their planting and you will get a better succession of flowers. Add mulch to help retain water, and to keep the weeds down. Peacock Orchids need plenty of water to flower well. On well-drained poorer soil, extra watering will be required. Once planted, your plants should grow well with little attention.
How to Care for your Peacock Orchid Bulbs:
If you leave in a temperate region, mulch the bulbs deeply with 2.5 in of compost to give them an insulating duvet over their heads in late autumn. In colder regions, grow them in a sheltered spot and lift them for the winter when the leaves turn yellow-brown. Lift them and snap the corms from the stems. Dry them out for a couple of weeks, then snap the new corms from the old, discarding the old. The new must be kept dry and cold (but frost-free) until they are replanted. You can dig and divide the clumps every few years to select the best corms for replanting. Without this, the new cormlets forming will invade the space of the original corm and the nutrients will have to be shared. The risk is lots of foliage and no flower spikes.
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