I am sooooo jealous! I take it you sell the flowers?
I would love to do a ton of them but Iam not sooo very sure they would like my garden.. to wet to start then to dang dry. I pot them! I cannot imagine doing 1500 nursery cans, but then on the other hand.. dont tempt me...
Planted some about 6 weeks ago and they're coming along pretty good. First tried them back in 2007 in late spring and it obviously was the wrong time of the year for down here. The stems just fried in our summer heat. Hopefully this time of year will produce better results.
Well, if you do have some d-mail me ok! Maybe we can do postage or something for them. Im not fussy, just would like a good quanity.
Question, on the baby baby corms, how long does it take for those to bloom? DO they do it in one season or do you have to plant them again and wait? I had a ton of baby babys and never did anything with them because I figured they would be a waste of my time at the time, but now I am wondering if I did not make a mistake in not planting them...what do you feel for my zone?
Yes, those mailorder places I beleive are also realated. I have ordered in the past and they were ok, nothing to brag about, but they did bloom the year I got them.. so I guess for the money, they did ok.
I have not checked wholesale..
I was a bad woman today, stopped at WW again and this time they had Wigs Sensation in red.. got one bag of 20.
Bad girl...but in a very good way. Did the same myself. Had to go into town today and stopped by one of the nurseries on way back home. BIG mistake. Had all kinds of new unique flowering plants that I hadn't seen in the past three years of gardening. Showed some restraint, but not enough.
They had a ton of new gladiola bulbs. Really wanted to get the bag of green envy ones, but decided not to. Ended up getting 3 red/white dinnerplate dahlia tubers, 3 "Summer Series" Dwarf Delphinium plants (powder blue, midnight blue and pure white) in gallon containers and these 2 "Premier Series" Alstroemeria in gallon containers.
I know Blossom. Should have gotten the green ones since I never see that color available as a cut flower glad down here. The price was kind of "so so" ($9.99 for 25 bulbs). Glads are available, as cut flowers, 12 months of the year here. They're never more than $3.99/dozen, but its always the same colors (white, yellow, red, pink). That's why I planted the blues and purples in early January. I just know I'm gonna "give in" and drive back over there. Dumb me.
You're right on both counts Blossom. It was $9.99 for the 25 glads or $9.99 for 3 "Holland Festival" Dahlia tubers,so I chose the Dahlias. Should have bought more than 2 Alstroemeria (Inca Lily) plants also. I bought one online 3 years ago. It's bloomed every spring/summer so I already know they do well here.
Good to hear you found some good seeds today. Do most places already have their full supply of seed available or are they still in the process? I try to hit the nurseries every few weeks on a Thursday or Friday, before things get picked over on the weekends. Won't it still be another couple of months before plants become available. I would assume it would be May, correct?
Wow. The early bird gets the seed! You gotta shop before the weekend here if you want the interesting plants. The unique ones disappear real fast. The seeds will probably be going on sale here soon. It's near the end of the growing season for many plants.
LOL. I just paid 40 cents/bulb. Only other option would have been to mail order them and then pay for shipping. Now I gotta find a place to plant them where they can be left alone, since they can stay in the ground here.
Well lucky you. I still have about a month and a half till I can plant my bulbs here in Jersey. Got them now before they sell out of them.
I wish we have Florida weather too. Last time I was there went to Key West. On the way back I hand carried a banana plant with me inside that small Gulf Stream plane, to the bigger Continental jet. They lost my luggage (they found and delivered it later) but a least I got a banana plant. LOL!
Yep, green and orange. LOL There's no rules for mixing colors. Already have blue and purple ones about 2 feet high in the ground. Can't be too far away from blooming.
That's a great banana story Tex. The banana plants took a real beating from our freezing temps in January. Most of them probably will bounce back, but they look horrible right now. Saw the cutest little banana tree plants at a nursery the other day. First time I've seen little baby sized ones in gallon containers. I should have got one.
LOL. The lime green isn't gonna match John Deere. Actually, if you asked me what color I think would look the best with Gladiola "Green With Envy", I would go with a pink colored glad. In my front there's an area where lime green and pink echinacea are planted together. They look great together when they're both in bloom. Close your eyes and imagine pink and lime green in a vase.
40 degrees! Wow! Not exactly pool weather. Were currently going to have a 'heat wave' here in Jersey. Upper 40's today, 48 degrees tomorrow, and 52 degrees Sunday. I got lily bulbs waiting to be planted so I'll do some this weekend. I'll wait till spring to plant the Gladiolus bulbs though.
Yes, 40's at night and high's in the mid 60's. A good 15 degrees below normal, and very unusual for March. Yes, no rush to get things planted up North yet. The month of March can be very unpredictable. Definitely still too cold for the gladiola bulbs. I'll bet you were surprised to see them out at Lowes already. Did they also have the boxes of Dinnerplate Dahlias and Calla Lily bulbs, from the same company, at Lowes in NJ???
Both our local Lowe's and 2 Home Depot in the area are all flooded with spring/summer bulbs. You name it, they got it all. Daylilies, lilies, cannas, callas, gladiolus, peonies, and all kind of goodies. Actually they had them since early February. Patio/outside furniture, pagodas and such were on full display. They were really pushing it. Didn't buy gladiolus before because I already ordered some varieties online. But those jumbo gladiolus bulbs were late addition at Lowe's and I just couldn't resist.
Didn't get any dahlias. I got plenty coming from Swan Island and Corralito's Garden, some new introduction for this year and last year. So really looking forward to a full color spectrum in my garden this summer. Corralito's Garden ships live dahlia plants as compare to tubers.
Calla lilies, I'm getting newer varieties (and bigger bulbs) from Ella (Starlight here @ DG). She's doing a group buy on the "OTHER" site, and not here at DG. I don't know if you got an invite or at least aware of that site.
Wow. I guess they are pushing the bulbs up there. I couldn't resist the gladiolas either. Like the bulbs and the packaging. Seems like the bulb variety is better up there. We don't ever see peony and daylily bulbs available. The only daylilies I have were bought online. Peonies are just not gonna work down here.
Yes, I'm aware of the "other" site. I'll have to look and see if calla bulbs are still available on the group buy. They sell plenty of calla lily plants down here, but I don't recall ever seeing just the bulbs for sale.
That's why we have the honor of being the "Garden State" (He-he)!
I can't believe daylilies are not readily available over there. They're like the easiest plants to grow especially with the weather down there. The calla bulbs are packaged the same way as with the gladioulus and the dahlias. So don't know. Maybe you have to look around.
Ella just started the group buy on the callas a couple days ago. So yes, it's still open. I will d-mail you the link.
LOL. I should have said its the first time I've seen calla lily bulbs down here. I did buy a couple of boxes. Maybe daylilies traditionally don't do well in South Florida because there is no winter dormancy. I think I have had 5 of them for 3 years now. They are all rebloomers, stay evergreen and do fine in hald day sun.
LOL. Yeah, there's lots of roosters in Key West. They just roam the streets. There are no longer any in my neighborhood. There was a house on the street in front of me that had chickens, roosters, and peacocks and you could hear those roosters early in the morning. You had to look out for them when driving. She must have sold all her animals in the past year. This part of Ft Lauderdale is called Plantation Acres and quite a few people have horses. You'll see people riding them on the side of the street quite often. There is also a stray goat that lives in a vacant lot up the road. He directs the traffic, at the stop sign, during the day and disappears into the woods at night.
Nope, no peonies for us. I do notice they sell lots of our tropicals up North in the summer as annuals. Some of the popular ones seem to be hibiscus, canna lilies, mandevilla and caladiums.
Those look nice Blossom. Where's the lime green ones??? They didn't have them?
Anyone know the name of the big calla lilies? I have a white one that about 24 inches tall and the calla lilies are large and form on 12-18 inch stems. I bought it at Lowes, awhile back, but it was just labelled "calla lily".
LOL. Those roosters flew the coup. None of the animals are around that house anymore. Jaws didn't get them because I didn't see him coughing up any feathers.
I wanted more packs of solit colors, but they dint have anymore other than the reds and comets I already had so my last two choices at that place were pastel colors of moixed florist cutters so I got the florist cutters mixed bag.
Maybe the next nursery I go to willhave more choices. I still need to place an order or do something with a trade if someone has a pile of them to offer.
im wondernig if I should not just go ahead and pot mine up. I got about 2-3 weeks yet before my frost date. We have been getting in the 50's during the day, lite freezes at nite.
It could still very well snow.
I bought some ceramic planters, on clearance at a local nursery for $2 a piece, roughly about 12" in width and 12" or so in height. (See photo below, don't mind the rose plant)
Thinking of planting some gladiolas in those planters. Never planted them in containers before.
How many giant bulbs would you guys think are ideal for each planter. These will be HUGE bulbs (16cm+).
I think I'd wait until a couple of weeks prior to your last frost date Blossom. They're gonna take a couple of weeks to pop out of the ground, so they would be protected at the beginning. Maybe plant a couple of containers and stagger your plantings 2-4 weeks apart. That way they won't all bloom at once and you can enjoy them over a longer period of time.
I know this is gonna sound crazy, but I would probably plant 12-18 glad bulbs in that 12 inch pot. Just space them 3-4 inches apart around the edges and fill in the middle with more bulbs. Generally we seem to plant bulbs much closer together in pots so that we get maximum flower power from the container. Look how close daffodil bulbs are planted together when they're planted for forcing in a pot. The bulbs are practically touching each other. You wouldn't plant them that close in the ground because you're most likely leaving them in the ground and giving them more space as they multiply over the years. Since its a one year thing in a pot I would jam those babies close together. Just plant them a good 5-6 inches deep so the stalks will develop strong stems with less flopping.
Our last frost date is in May. We always plant glads April 15. They are underground & frost won't reach them. Flowers in early July that way. We plant 3 times. 2nd around May 8 & 3rd end of May. Flowers until freeze in late Sept.
Well, I agree on part of what your saying there jon.. I was thinking of combos in their pots.. not sure yet what I was gonna add. Problem with the glads though if they are too crouded, bing a one faced flower on a staul, I woudl not want them too crouded, but to have a good show. Unfortuneately I did not get the quanity of bulbs I would have liked to so they are gonna be what I have in the three bags. I really wanted to do more but something came up.
So anyway, I think I can get by with them in the containers and probably could go ahead and pot them now. I can always move them into the GPS if I have to if they sprout and the weather turns tail.
Being April 15 is normally our last frost date.. I think its doable..
I would think its very doable Blossom since they have mobility. The ones I planted in the ground are about 4-5 inches apart and it seems like there's quite a bit of space between them. Would have planted them a little closer if doing it all over.
I purchased from a Classified Ad here at DG recently and will most likely plant this week after cleaning up the bed (apt. gardener here).
I ended up w/ 10 ea of:
King's Gold (20-yellow seems to not make it in the co-ops so I doubled up for all the times I didn't get them:lol:)
Rhapsody in Blue
Plan to plant Green Star, Jubilee and King's Gold in a mixed patch since I like the idea of all the citrus type colors together in the summer (already in the mid 80's here--ridiculous)
I get a catalog that has show glads and show dahlias and it is super hard not to place an order--hundreds of varieties that will never be mass produced--but at about $1 each corm depending on if you want the med. or lg corms--well, maybe I'll splurge one day:lol:
Strange weather. It's been warmer up North compared to here. We've been consistently staying in the 70's the past week or two. Not complaining though. Its been absolutely beautiful and I'm in no hurry to see our 4-5 straight months of around 90 every day.
We're in the low 80's which is definitely warmer than I was hoping for while on vacation. I tend to like it a bit cooler so I can spend more time catching up w/ my garden chores, weeding/planting/containers and gereral clean up. I am not a heat person by any stretch:lol:
Well I've got a total of about 300 bulbs of different colors planted on this garden. They were planted last year and are coming up this year on time as they are summer bloomers. I like to see plants coming up at different times because this means that I will likely have a longer blooming season. The ones already up still have some growing to do and there are many just breaking through the ground. I saw the ones at Lowes too and almost got 4 or 5 new bags but then I already have soo many that I would have to make the garden bigger. I might still get some and plant them closer in between the ones that I've got now.
Hey John - I always envy your 'pool weather' down there in Florida. Guess what? We got a record breaking 93 degrees today here at the Jersey shore. Not only we got pool weather, we got BEACH weather as well. LOL!
However, the plants are not liking it. It's really too hot early in the season and the plants seems to suffer from heat stroke. I had to hose down everything today.
Did you get your calla bulbs from Ella yet? Mine came today. Also, of all things - live Echinaceas Summer Sun I ordered from another vendor came. Luckily I was home to take care of them, other wise the heat inside the box would have gotten to them.
Good grief Al. That is too hot too soon. It was only 83 here today but 85 and 87 the next two days, then back into the upper 70's (below normal) for 3 or 4 days. No rain in 9 days now, so have had to get back into watering regularly after having to water very little all winter long. It's still pleasant though as the humidity is nowhere near summer levels yet.
Good that you were home when your Echinacea came. It wouldn't have been happy in that box in the heat. Was just looking at the Echinacea plugs I've received this spring to see how they're doing. Summer Sun is doing the best of the bunch. It has grown much faster and looks very well. Hope your "Summer Sun" behaves in the same way.
My Calla Lily bulbs from Ella also came today. I had also ordered some Calla Lily bulbs from Lakeside Callas at a different time and they came today also. Now I'm looking at these paper bags with calla lily bulbs and wondering where am I gonna put these things. Oh well, I'll figure it out someday.
Not surprising. Things just take off after a real good rain. They sure like rain water over tap water. Had a couple nasty severe thunderstorms this morning. Went outside, before they hit, and cut 4 pink &white gladiolas before they were drenched on. The pink & whites are blooming now and the next ones will be the orange & lime green gladiolas.
I planted phantom and green envy about two weeks ago in pots and in the ground. The ones in the ground were of course planted a little deeper so I don't see any sprouts yet. Those planted in pots are now sprouting from about an inch or two.
I still have several bags/varieties to plant and I'll try to space them in two weeks interval.
Blossom - are you talking about your garden progress, or as what Jon mentioned - your health? Financial issues?
Whatever is bothering you - hope everything works out well.
I want to see pictures of your gladiolas blooming this year.
Hi fellow glad fans. Hope you are ok Blossom. Well from the way things are looking weatherwise so far it's not going to be a good year for glads in the ground for me so my glads are going to be planted and live in big containers this year. I also got some new tiny tots to try this year. I am going to plant those in the ground cuz that bed is very warm. Can't wait to see this year's pics!
I've got a general question about the glads. Mines are just starting to spike and all I see is 5 or 6 buds. How do you do it to get long spikes like the ones sold at the florist stores. I added bone meal when they started poking out as well as 17-17-17 time release firtilizer. After that some blood meal and still I ended with this amount of buds. These were the same from last year and the show was about the same. Any suggestions as far as better grade glads?? Thank you !!!
Very nice. I've had good success with them blooming in the spring, in Ft Lauderdale Roly, but not so much in the summer. A good percentage of the flower stalks rot on me if they're not planted early enough to get blooms no later than early-mid June. I think its a combination of the heat/humidity and the summer rainy season which lessens the blooming percentage after early June.
I didn't plant this guys this year. This is their second year reblooming. For me they always come up around this time. The show really picks up by mid May to early June and then the plants die slowly back down. Are they supposed to be spring bloomers. I though they were summer bulbs.
Isn't June summer already? Here they bloom around June too (whatever were left in the ground), You guys in Florida should have them blooming much earlier.
My previously planted glads that were left in the ground are about a foot tall already. The newly planted has not sprouted yet. I'm still adding some. But one of my containers are getting fuller and more than a foot tall already. It's the second planted at the back.
LOL. It's summer year round in South Florida. I always say we have two summers: It's "Florida Summer" in the summer and "Northern Summer" during the winter
It makes sense that glads would naturally blooming in mid Spring in South Florida. They're definitely not meant to bloom here during the real summer. The conditions are not quite right at that time of the year. Must be similar to Amaryllis which also bloom in April/May when they're left in the ground.
It sure is an eternal summer down here even though this past winter was extra chilly. My close to 400 orchids were demanding reinbusement because they had real ideal growing conditions year round...LOL. I hope that we don't get another one like that this year.
Yes, it was an unusually cool winter. Have to admit I loved every single day of the cool weather. It was a nice refreshing change compared to the several cool days "here and there" that we typically have each winter. Even the majority of my plants loved it, since I have very few tropical plants.
Thanks Blossom. I see some stormy weather is heading your way today. Still very sunny, very warm, very breezy and very dry here. No rain for the month of May and none expected for the next 7 days. The grass is saying "crunch crunch crunch" when you walk on it.
LOL. He likes the kiddie pool that collects the rainwater off the roof. Not too fond of the chlorinated water. He likes to run around the pool when people are in it, but never cannonballs into it. Them gators can be so fussy at times
It's my pet alligator Al. He hangs out, by the pool, with two geckos named "Pete" and "Repeat", and 3 carnivorous plants (Venus Fly Trap named "William" and 2 Pitcher Plants named "Wolfgang" and "Eddie Munster").
OMG! That's so cool! I never knew or even heard of somebody having a pet gator. Is that even legal? How can you tame a gator? It doesn't bite or eat your geckos?? LOL! That is so funny how you name them including your carnivorous plants.
I guess I'm so old fashioned! I have to settle with these 2 'gremlins' named Pogi and T-Rex (aka Tea Bag):
Those are cool dogs Al. Very nice!!! Jaws isn't interested in the geckos. I don't think he can even see them because they're too small or he has cataracts. There's a lot of teamwork going on out back. The geckos eat the insects crawling around the plants and Wolfgang and Eddie Munster lure in the flying ones. No need for insecticides when you got Pete and Repeat. Now THAT's the money you could be saving with geckos!
Yes, it's a French republic off of New Zealand with LOTS of languages. English, French and Bislama (creole) are the 3 official languages. When they speak English it sounds like the Gecko. I've spoken to someone from Vanuatu on the tele and she sounded British...or Australian or Vanuatuan.
Ik denk dat Jon's alligator Nederlands spreekt,
"I think Jon's alligator speaks Dutch"
Seine fleischfressende Pflanzen sprechen deutsch.
"His carnivorous plants speak German"
Nous savons maintenant que les geckos parler français. Seuls Jon parle anglais, c'est pourquoi ils ont tous le regardent.
"We now know the geckos speak French. Only Jon speaks English, that's why they all like to stare at him."
Nee, nien und non. If the geckos hear me speak any foreign language it would be Italian. Maybe geckos are Italian. Afterall, the word DOES end in a vowel!!! LOL I briefly lived in The Nettherlands, part of the year, from 2000-2002 so I immediately recognized the first sentence you typed. I'm just hearing that sentence in my head and all the guttural sounds that are part of the language. Oh boy, what a language. LOL
LOL Blossom is the insti"gator". If she hadn't mentioned Jaws, none of this would have started. Stay away from the hibbies. Jaws usually shows teeth if you get too close to them, and Venus (fly trap) "William" is known to grab a leg every so often.
Così Jon, si parlano l'italiano. Vengo su per spaghetti. LOL! Sei sicuro che stai italiane e non siciliani?
Hai sentito quello scherzo di essere un italiano e un siciliano?
"So Jon, you do speak Italian. I'm coming over for spaghetti. LOL! You sure you're Italian and not Sicilian?
You heard that joke before being a Sicilian and not an Italian?
Sí, es el instigador Blossom! Puedo oír hibiscos tropicales de Jon gritando: ¡Ay Caramba!
Te lo juro, los antepasados de mi padre eran de España.
"Yes, Blossom is the insti'gator'! I can hear Jon's trop hibiscus shouting: Ay Caramba!
I swear, my father's ancestors were from Spain.
This is such a riot! I should be posting in the European forum!
Non. Io non parlo la lingua. Ho studiato Italiano dieci anni fa, ma per solo tre mesi ogni sabato mattina. I used to go to Italy (usually Rome) quite often, but haven't been there in the past 4 years. Since I haven't been going in the past few years I've forgotten quite a bit of the language. I knew enough to get by and at least make an attempt to speak some when visiting. No,dad's parents came to the USA from a small town in between Rome and Florence. They moved to the US in their early 20's. My grandmother learned to speak English in the US, but my grandfather learned very little English. Italy was the first foreign country I visited and it's still my favorite by far. Nothing else is even a close second.
Still picking the "Green With Envy" Gladiolas. The orange ones will be the next ones to bloom. Getting near the end of the season with Gladiolas down here. Can't plant them in the summer. The stems fry with out heat, humidity and rain.
I think geckos are Italian cuz it's all about food for me and I LUV Italian food and I think it's all about food for geckos ^_^ I did plant my standard glads in the ground after all in a new spot where the soil is nice and warm.
They can't handle the humidity and rainy season that begins in June here. When one flower stops blooming there's always something else to fill the void. The Amaryllis are blooming now. This is their typical bloom time, in Florida, when the bulbs are left in the ground.
To much winter here! Because of the deep snow, the ground didn't freeze. Now the field we had Glads in last summer has Glads coming up all over. Mostly from the small corms that fell off the large ones. There are carrots beets, & radishes planted in that field this year. Also lots of volunteer dill, so should be very interesting later on.
Second planting of Glads is now up. Probably plant the third planting next week.
Hoping for another rain tomorrow. It rained for the first time in almost 2 months in our area Saturday. No rain and severe heat of up to 100 degrees is destructive to the plants. On top of that, we got a mandatory water restriction.
Thankfully they still allow hose watering of gardens with a hand controlled nozzle. Look at my neighbor's lawn in the above photo.
It's all brown. Ours is still somehow green even though I don't water them. I just don't mow it short.
I mow when its about a foot tall.. then I make hay! LOL!
Love that lavender of yours!
Im pretty disappointed in the glads I got...here I thought there woudl be more variety in the variety pack and nope.. just mostly yellow or yellow and orange. still have more to pop, but time will tell if I got the ones I bought.. Im drooling on the Commets.. but so far nada.
The comets I so hoped would be terrific ...they were a bust.. I got no true to bloom in color as per their brochure. There was only one that was a magenta and that did not even come clost to being the lavender with white as hoped.
On the red Wigs Sensatin... only 2 or 3 bulbs bloomed fairly close to true to their brochure.
As for the mixed bag of bulbs, well, how can we say mixed bag was not good.. it was mixed alright but with four colors, a straighte yello, the yellow with the orange edge and the orange with the yellow edge and then the yellow with the red spodge...hmmm none of these were very exciting. I guess I will have to get more colors for next year.
Cant say I was really too unhappy, just not pleased with the colors. the flowers were fine.
I will however NOT PURCHASE from Walmart again. They were cheap bulbs, but not quality.
Ok, Im thinking about you.. Dmail me on your arrangements...Im sorry I did not try you this season, but the powers that be, twas all I could do! What month do you ship in my zone, colors etc, all that good info!
PS - Of the few I had for 2010, this one was the winner in color. It was a loser for size, but a sweet dwarf. I was hoping for huge, but it still got my drools! I will see next year if these bulbs will preform. I think they are not dwarfs and just had a "puny" year!
Any suggestions on storage. Right now the bulbs are still in their pots, had intended to leave them dry down to ill the leaves were brown and real spent and then dig up and box and put in cool dry spot, well that is if Haddes ever chills down, man its been warm!
Gonna be interesting if these crossed with the reds and what those will be for oddities.
But anyways.. been dumping my glad pots out and pulling the croms out to dry. I expect I will have smaller bulbs than when I started and not counting the babies. I got a few and they do look smaller than when I started them... and yep, a few little teeny pips on them
oh well methinks it twould be so. Put the luvlys in containers in too much shade sigh,. Doesn't look like I will be bloomfull BUT due to the mangnificence of the foliage there willl be corms for next year ^_^
My guess is that you breed and create new potential varieties of gladiolas, the same way you do with other flowers, through hand cross pollination. I would imagine that cross pollination would create a seed pod with seeds. Perhaps it takes a couple of years to produce a corm large enough to produce the first blooms.
LOL I don't have any idea. Maybe it takes 4-8 weeks. That seems to be about the average time for seed pods to form and ripen on other types of flowers. Seems like it takes three years to produce flowers from seed. Here is a link to information regarding this subject Blossom.
Clean it up!!!! We can leave glad bulbs in the ground here, but the next year doesn't put out lots of blooms for some reason. Maybe they take another year, after that, to acclimate themselves. Don't think I'd have the patience to grow from seed and have to wait three years to see blooms. Know what I mean?