Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village.com. Gladiolus are one of my favorite summer blooming bulbs, not only because they are gorgeous, because they are from my favorite part of the world, South Africa. So they are native to South Africa, and they are in the iris family, they bloom every summer and they love hot, hot sun. They prefer to be in groups, because they are social like other plants, the bulbs are actually a corm, and there is a side that's the down and that usually has roots on it or a little circle, whereas the tippy part is the top. So they look like a hershey's kiss candy, and so when I plant them its hard to tell which was is up, when in doubt I go sideways. Because they get kind of tall, they can get 3-4 feet tall, I've found the key with gladiolus if they are falling over, its usually they aren't planted deep enough, or they aren't getting enough sun. So plant them a good, four or five inches deep even just because they can get three to four feet tall, then cover them up. Then I'd set this pot out in the hottest part of the garden and let them come up and bloom or put them in the ground directly. But if they are in a pot I make sure and never leave the pot so it will freeze solid if we have a cold winter, and they don't want to be too wet either. So, I throw the pots up against the side of the garage, or the side of the house or just cover them with plastic or even dig them right out of the pots and throw them in the garden, because in the garden I have never lost them, as long as they are in a raised bed with good drainage. You can enjoy your gladiolus for years to come. In this next section I am going to talk about Gladiolus Merialdi, which was formerly called Acidenthera, which has been recently placed in the Glad family.