Re: gladiola HELP!!!

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Posted by Newt on July 05, 2003 at 11:02:18:

In Reply to: gladiola HELP!!! posted by Laura on July 04, 2003 at 19:51:46:

: Please help me! We moved into our house last year, and with the house came many gladiolas. The only thing is that thay are about 5-6 feet tall and cannot stand on their own. So I dug them all up. What I found was: approximately 20 large bulbs, and probably over 5,000 baby buds in the ground. In addition, I pulled all of the long flowering glads and saved the bottom portion (approximately 50 bulbed ends). What do I do now???!!! Can I plant the tiny baby buds (they range from 1-3 cm in diameter). Also, are the bulbed ends of the flowering glads also reproducible?!! Any advice is greatly appreciated. Please email me. Thanks!

Hi Laura,
Wow, sounds like you've got a real find there! You may find that you will need to stake your glads when they bloom if they're that tall. Glads are actually corms and not bulbs. Here's a quote from one of the sites below.

"After the first frost corms may be lifted and stored over the winter. On each corm there will be several or more little corms or cormlets. These should be left attached to the main corm, and only separated the following spring when bulbs are planted again."
Take a look at these sites.

http://www.discoveredmonton.com/devonian/getgro24.html
http://www.bulb.com/summerguide98/gladiolus.asp

Since the first site uses centimetres, etc, here's a site that has conversion tables.
http://www.teaching-english-in-japan.net/conversion/centimeters

Since you don't mention your hardiness zone and the second site talks about that, here's a zip code zone finder.
http://www.gardenweb.com/zones/zip.cgi

I would also suggest you do a search at www.google.com and put in quotes with a plus sign like this: "gladiolus" + "corm" and you'll get some interesting info. Also, click on 'Images' at google and you'll see some interesting pictures to help you identify which parts are which.

Hope this was helpful.
Newt

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