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The gladiola comes from the Iridaceae, or iris family and is highly toxic to cats. The bulb or corm is considered to be the most toxic part of this plant, posing a potential risk of death to your cat. Some of the toxic effects of gladiola and their bulbs can cause irregular heartbeat, liver and kidney problems in your cat.


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Once your cat has eaten any part of a gladiola plant, including its bulb, it will become sick. Depending on how much of the plant the cat managed to eat, the resulting health problems can range from gastrointestinal issues all the way up to liver, kidney and cardiac symptoms:

If you know your cat ate part of a gladiola, your work and that of your vet will be much easier. Bring some of the plant with you so your vet can quickly identify the exact poison affecting your pet. It will be even easier for your vet if you know just what part of the plant your cat nibbled from, including the bulb.

Your cat has a much better chance of recovering from gladiola poisoning if it ate only a small amount of the plant. Your vet should keep it under observation for several hours to ensure that it is recovering, especially if it ate a large amount of the plant or managed to get to the corm. Your pet stands the best chance of recovery if treatment for the poisoning is begun within 18 hours of eating the plant or bulb.

While the leaves of gladioli and irises are swordlike spikes, their flowers are different, although both come in a range of colors. The gladiola has funnel-shaped blooms that cover most of the stem, opening consecutively from the bottom of the stem to the top. Iris flowers have three petals that grow upward, called standards, and three downward growing petals, called falls. Each stem of an iris plant may contain one or more flowers blooming at a time. While both plants are called bulbs, gladioli are actually corms. Irises are usually rhizomatous, but they may also be corms or bulbs, depending on the species.

Vegetable Gardens: As you remove early summer vegetable crops, such as peas, lettuce and spinach, plant some gladiola corms in the empty spaces. By late summer you can be picking brightly colored gladiolus to adorn your dining room table.

Planting a couple different types of glads is another way to extend the flowering season. In addition to the full size hybrids, consider planting peacock orchids (Acidanthera or Gladiolus muriale), as well as the hardier, dwarf gladiolas know as Gladiolus nanas or Glamini glads.

Gladiolus bulbs are winter hardy in zones 7-10. In these areas, the corms may be left right in the ground over winter. In colder zones, the corms need to be dug up in the fall and stored indoors for replanting the following spring. Another option is to treat gladiolas as annuals. Simply pull out the plants at the end of the season and plant fresh bulbs each spring.

I have several glads blooming now - they are all yellow and white. Beautiful never-the-less. I have heard that glads all change to the same color over time. Is this true? If so, how does that happen, or why does it happen? I will always keep growing glads because they are so beautiful! Maybe we need a "used" glad department if this is what will keep happening. Then those new to gladiolas could/would be happy with the yellow/white blooms.

Love glads- but property soil is not ideal. Using a raise palnter box this yr, and purchased many bulbs! Would like to know the best depth of soil, or depth of planter box or other container for gladiolas. I used some in a very deep and big pot, and wondering if its not a good thing to have the soil too deep, as roots growing down might take the inertia of the stalk/blooms growing upward? thanks

Las variedades se seleccionan con base en el color que se desee producir. Cabe mencionar que la gladiola de color rojo es la de mayor demanda en el mercado, para ello se cultivan las variedades Traderhorn y Red Beauty. Para producir flores de color blanco, se utiliza la Amsterdam. Si se desea obtener flores de color amarillo, las adecuadas son las Jester y Jester Gold. 041b061a72


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