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Organic Gladiolus 'Kharkov' (parrot) | 10 pcs.

Organic Gladiolus 'Kharkov' (parrot) | 10 pcs.

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Organic salmon-colored parrot sword lily

The Gladiolus 'Kharkov' is a salmon-colored, parrot sword lily. The flowers are not smooth like normal gladiolus, but more wrinkled, very special! It is also called sword lily because of the shape of the plant. In mid-summer it produces 10 to 15 flowers per tuber, approximately 10 centimeters wide, on a stem of one meter high.

It attracts bees and bumblebees and is very suitable as a cut flower. Plant them in groups or in a row in the garden, approximately 50 tubers fit per square meter.

How, where and when do I plant gladiolus tubers?

Indoor pre-growth

A gladiolus is not hardy. This allows the tubers to be grown indoors from March onwards. This gives a head start in growth and the gladioli therefore bloom earlier. The plants can be put outside after the ice saints (May 15), or earlier if the weather is good, but be careful of night frost, then they will have to go back inside at night.

Outside in the garden

If you choose to wait until after frost before planting the gladiolus tubers, it is best to do so until May 15. From then on, the tubers can be planted in the ground without any risk of frost and they will bloom at the end of the summer.

The planting depth is 2 to 3 times the height of the tuber (about 15 centimeters deep) and the planting distance is 2 to 3 times the width of the tuber.

The planting time is until June.


A gladiolus likes warmth, so it prefers a sunny location in a nutrient-rich, water-permeable, loam or sandy soil. With clay soil we recommend adding some organic material to the planting hole. Plant it in a sheltered spot from the wind.

Care of the sword lily

Water the plant regularly during the growth and flowering phase so that it does not dry out on hot days. After flowering, the leaf dies completely. It is best to remove the tubers from the ground before frost and store them in a dry, frost-free place. They are perennial. Plant the tubers on a different piece of soil every year, so you avoid a soil fungus called dry rot and you can enjoy the tubers for longer.

We recommend Bio Kultura for organic potting soil, plant food and other soil improvers!


The tubers multiply underground. Often with very small breeding balls, which can then be thrown away. Once the tuber has divided, they can be separated and planted separately in the new year.

Origin of the sword lily

The sword lily is native to South Africa and is the largest genus within the Iris family. It occurs in various places, including Southern Europe, Asia and West Africa. The name Gladiolus is derived from the Latin word 'gladius', which means 'sword'.

Organic Gladiolus 'Kharkov' - Skal NL-BIO-01 certified: 109459

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Flowering time: August - September
Planting time:
From May (or from March indoors)
Planting depth:
15 cm deep
Planting distance: 15 cm apart
100 cm high
Flower diameter:
10 cm wide
Partial shade, sun
Soil PH: Clay, loam, sandy soil - Slightly acidic/neutral
Winter hardiness:
Not hardy
Propagation: Mediocre
Origin: South Africa (cultivar)
Family: Iridaceae (Iridaceae)
Colour: Salmon colored
Bee-friendly: Yes
Fragrant: No
Bulb size: 10/+


Other gladiolus varieties:

  • Bio Gladiolus 'Black Sea'
  • Bio Gladiolus 'Bunga'
  • Bio Gladiolus 'Callianthus' (Abyssinian sword lily)
  • Bio Gladiolus 'Cookie'
  • Bio Gladiolus 'Essential'
  • Bio Gladiolus 'Grozny'
  • Bio Gladiolus 'Indian Summer'
  • Bio Gladiolus 'Koersk'


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