Another gardener and I were just discussing the tendency of Glads to grow so tall that they fall over. I am wondering how those of you who are on this forum correct this issue in your gardens? I am sure this has been discussed numerous times on here, so sorry for not researching before asking. I hope that some of you have come up with some good, hopefully inexpensive ways to prop these beauties up. Thank you in advance for all feedback.
I just planted some against the wall of our house in a little hook about 3' x 2'. I put up a little fence in front of them about 2.5' tall made of green metal with 2" spacing between wires. I can then keep them separated and upright by attaching them to the fencing. Did the same in a freestanding garden but put the fencing behind them to wire to. Other than that, it seems to take about half inch stakes a couple of feet long to keep those puppies upright.. I have heard some people dig a trench about 6-8" deep, plant the corms and then as they grow fill in the trench. Gives them a good base, but when they reach for the sun, I am not sure that is sufficient
Thank you for the ideas on how you are handling top heavy plants mstella. Not exactly sure what we will end up doing, but it really bothers me when one droops over. We are currently enjoying some beautifully blooming Iris which seems to be my husbands favorite plant currently.
Thanks nice guy. I believe that we will try the hilling this year and see if it makes a difference. My husband told me that I had a glad blooming in my front bed this morning. Will have to check it out later when the temperatures are cooler. My main bed of glads is in my back yard and they are up but no buds are showing yet. Will make a note to spend some time hilling. Thanks for the tip.
Your welcome rubyw,
Another thing you might want to try next year is when you plant your bulbs, is not to plant them all right side up. The common thinking is that they need to be that way, but they don't. The bulbs WILL sprout and send the shoot up. It will actually help to space out some of the bloom time, as the bulbs that are planted upside down will take a bit longer to mature.
What an utterly cool idea?? and they will find their way upright and to the surface. I only have a short growing season though. Will they do it in three months? Does this only apply if planting in pots? I have heard since our soil is so cold that I shouldn't plant them deep or they will never come up. They rarely bloom before August as it is.
They have no problem being planted katiwompus. Works for garden planting, pots, whatever.
As far as your short growing season...Three months shouldn't be a problem. The earliest glads are like 65 days.
I haven't had to try this because of our longer growing season here, but a couple things might work for you.
1. black plastic to warm the soil.
2. dig some furrows like is shown in one of the other threads here and only plant the bulbs 1 or 2 inches deep, but don't fill the furrow until later on when the leaves are several inches above the soil line. Kind of a reverse hilling.
3. Here in Mn, we usually get a hard frost, but then there is another couple weeks of nice weather after that. You can leave a sprinkler running over night on your glads. The water will freeze to the glads, but will insulate them from the killing frost. Like what they do with the fruit trees in Florida. This I have done, but it depends on how hard the frost is. Might get you another week or two.
Got any extra seeds of those blue poppies? :) Even some pictures would do!
I will post some poppy pictures. I sent plants to Ohio and ummm some other place a few weeks ago. They are getting rather big to send now, although it might work. A lady sent me seeds for yellow miconopsis but they take forever to germinate much less grow. I could try to send you a hardy one. But it would cost $10.95 in the med priority USPS box. The small $4.95 box is too small now. I am hoping to hear how the others fared where I sent them. They should do wonderfully well in MN. And they grow and spread huge clumps really fast.