Atom Hardy Gladiolus

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Striking Atom Hardy Gladiolus effortlessly combines red accents with a silvery edge, for a new level of sophistication in sunny borders and cut flower arrangements. Atom Hardy Gladiolus are easy-to-grow summer bulbs with excellent hardiness. Bold red flowers open from the bottom up are sure to attract hummingbirds to your garden in mid-summer. (Gladiolus)
Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeMid summer until frost
SKUAM018867

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
(24-36” tall x 4-6”wide) It’s incredible that a small brown corm of ‘Atom’ Hardy Gladiolus planted in spring can become 36 inches of spectacular, bold red color in the summer garden – but it’s a testament to the fact that great things can come in small packages! Planted 6 inches deep at a rate of 12 per square foot in loose, well-drained, sunny soils, the corms will quickly develop sword-like green leaves in late spring. In early to mid-summer as heat indexes rise, long, elegant spikes will emerge and slowly reveal ruby-red blossoms with silvery margins, opening from the bottom up. This flowering habit makes Gladioli an excellent cut flower, as fading blossoms can be removed from the stems, allowing them to remain fresh and fabulous in the vase for much longer. If you don’t cut them for indoor arrangements, expect hummingbirds to fight over those scarlet blooms! Protection from windy areas is recommended to avoid light staking. When ‘Atom’ Hardy Gladiolus is planted in well-drained soils and mulched well in fall, it shows remarkable hardiness within stated range. Gladiolus are perennial in zones 8-10. At the end of the season, cut back the stems, mulch well, and look forward to years of enjoyment as the corms will increase with time. For gardeners in cooler zones, the corms can be brought inside and stored in slightly dampened sawdust in the winter. Mulching corms in autumn and ensuring they are sited in well-drained soil will allow this Gladiolus to stretch to the ends of its  hardiness limits.
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Associated SKUsAM018867
AM018814 (Bag of 25)
AM018847 (Bag of 50)
Common Name
Atom Hardy Gladiolus
Botanical Name
Gladiolus nanus Atom
Flower Color
Red
Foliage
Green sword-like foliage.
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Bloom Time
Mid summer until frost
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing
12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bulb Size
10 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 6" deep.
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Advantages
Easy To Grow, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers
Additional Information
Hardy Gladiolus are perennial in zones 5-8 making them a great choice for colder areas.
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Yes
Neonicotinoid Free
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
No
Planting & Care

Us vs. The Big Box Store: Gladiolus Bulbs

Each season, we head over to the big box store in our area and choose several Bulbs, Plants and Seeds to compare against our selection. This spring, we purchased 50 Gladiolus Bulbs to compare and the difference is quite revealing.

I’d like to start out by mentioning the difference in shopping experiences. I walked into the big box store and headed straight to the back, where I knew the garden section was. I walked through aisles of grills, patio sets and annual hanging baskets until I found someone to speak with. They quickly answered the phone and I waited several more minutes until I could ask, "Do you know where the Gladiolus Bulbs are?" They weren’t sure what I meant and finally an entire wall of Summer-Blooming Bulbs caught my eye. I chose their "Gladiolus Mix" bag of 50, which most resembled our Gladiolus Rainbow Mix, which we also carry in a bag of 50 bulbs.

When you shop on our site, we have a wealth of information on growing and caring for Gladiolus at your fingertips, as well as an extremely helpful and knowledgeable garden staff, several of which are certified Master Gardeners. We not only want you to have success in growing our products, but also want you to feel confident in everything you plant – Which is why we focus so intently on how-to information as well as have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We urge our customers to write reviews on our products, positive or negative, so you know what grows well in different areas and what doesn't. We also offer live chat and service over the phone 6 days a week, offering growing advice as well as helping to place orders.

This photo also helps to show the true difference between us and the Big Box Stores. Brian, one of our employees and garden-enthusiasts helps to explain why a bigger flower bulb is better.

"Several flower bulbs are part of the onion family, and because of this I like to use Onions as a representation of how important bulb size is. Which of the onions on your shelf go bad first? The smallest ones! Larger onions are more resilient, taking longer to dry out/rot and can withstand swings in temperature better. Flower bulbs are the same. Larger bulbs will withstand disease, draught, large amounts of moisture, and colder temperatures significantly better than the smaller ones. They also produce taller growth and larger blooms."

With American Meadows, you’re not only getting access to our thirty years of gardening experience, but are also receiving the largest, highest-quality bulbs available, inevitably producing larger, healthier blooms in your garden. Happy Gardening!

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