Gladiolus 'Peter Pears'

Gladiolus x hortulanus

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gladiolus (GLAD-ee-oh-lus) (Info)
Species: x hortulanus (hor-tew-LAY-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: Peter Pears
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Oak View, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Swansea, Massachusetts

North Augusta, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 25, 2008, Seandor from Springfield, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

These make fabulous cut flowers - the most luscious tangerine orange; every exotic looking.

You will want to keep every little baby corm when you dig up the mother corms in the fall. Plant the babies next spring where you want a "grassy" look, or in an extra row in the vegetable garden. Dig the babies up again in the fall, within a couple of years the "babies" will reward you with more of these fantastic flowers. Believe me, you will want as many as you can get!


On Aug 18, 2008, Sneirish from Swansea, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I originally received these gladiola bulbs as a favor at a baby shower six years ago. I planted them that year, and they came up the following year. I left them in the ground and they continued to come back and actually multiply. This past winter was the first that I lifted them, because I really wanted to move them to a different spot. They survived the winter packing, were planted in May, and grew and bloomed again this August. They are a very pretty soft peach, and the darker red accents add to their appeal.