They are then covered with about 2" of soil. After they come out of the ground, we rake in more soil. We do this until there is a mound around the stems. It keeps them upright when they start to bloom. Some oe these will be 5' tall when blooming.
Sorry no picture.
These are for selling at Farmers Market. We will be planting 25000 bulbs in 3 different plantings. These are mixed colors. We bought separate colors originally, but mixed them as that what works best for selling.
I have about 19 varieties that I keep separate, as I am increasing them. We still sell the blooms though.
T-Tape is a small plastic hose, with holes every 8, 12 or 16 inches. Works like a soaker only way better. T-Tape is a brand as there are others.
We use lots of it. Don't take a lot of water to get things nice & wet.
Bernie, I am planting glads for the first time. I am going to leave them in the ground, others in my area say they mostly always come back. I know you cut yours, is it ok for me to plant them like you do and cover a little at a time? They would end up covered 10" deep next year, will they come up from being that deep?
Thanks for info,
Thanks, I just read the other threads that you say plant deep. I will def. give it a shot, sounds like a great way to keep them up.
Sorry about redundant question...not enough coffee before I typed.
It took awhile but I found this thread. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/426153/
We use our potato digger to lift them. It is tractor run, a spade goes in the ground & the soil & bulbs go on a shaker chain. Soil falls through, bulbs are dropped on top of the ground.
As for planting, they are all set by hand. Even in Florida where they plant millions for cut flowers, they are set by hand.
I tried a hand potato planter one year. The kind you jab in the ground for each seed piece. They didn't get deep enough & some came up crooked. Works better when the root side is down.
Quite a job to set all those by hand, but getting them the right way up is important! Potatoes are set mechanically, they really are best with most eyes to the top, but will cope, Glads wouldn't!
I have seen machinery for planting cauliflower plants etc, someone feeds plants into a planter, not sure just how it works but I saw it on TV. Now if you could do the same with corms AND keep them upright...
Do you use a plough type furrower to cover them, I guess it would have to be lowered to different depths for hilling.
We planted April 15th, May 1st, May 25th. Also planted the babies May 18.
We have one more planting for about June 10. Also still plan on ordering some new ones. They will go in on June 10 & 25.
I am going to order First Lady, June, Laurita, Romance, Tampico, Velvet Eyes, & Zorro.
What do you think ?
How are yours doing ?
Did you sell a lot on your online thing ?
Have a great day!
Our soil isn't purple like the picture shows, it is really black!
This thread is great I wish I had found it in April (two years ago). Next year I will plant deeper, closer together and at a few differant intervals, of course it is just for my own enjoyment. I greatly appreciate all of this information.
I have planted deep and it worked out very well. Very few fell over, I did tie a couple when I realized the were leaning way to much.
Is it normal for them to start growing straight and strong, then make a turn like a snake?
Those are the ones I had to tie. Then when it rained real hard, it snapped where it was tied.
It was ok though, cause those were the ones I brought inside.
Hi, I have a bunch of glad bulbs that I never got in the ground this year. Is it better to plant them now and let them get a couple months growth before frost or just wait until spring and hope some of them are still alive? Thanks, Dave
I always wanted to know how bulbs were planted. Do you think a potato digger would work for harvesting lilies? What type of equip. do you use to spray with and do you spray while the glads. are in flower?
So you plant every Spring, harvest the flowers for sale, and then dig and sell the corms in the Fall?
I occasionally have a dream about a hobby farm, but just getting a 18' x 7' bed is a lot of work!
We don't sell any corms. We need them for the next year.
I plant the glads in rows 38" apart. So it's 4 rows of glads, 2 rows of something short like potatoes, then 4 more rows of glads & so on. I have a six row sprayer, so I drive down the no glad rows & spray 2 rows on either side. I spray about once a week once the spikes start showing. I think the frost last Friday night put an end to the thrips. They can't take freezing.
Even tho it's 2010 I'm VERY pleased with the info on this site. Didn't know we could/should plant so closely nor so deeply. I'm going to order a lot of corms and try this technique. Thank you! Anne King