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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 11, 2005
4:05 AM

Post #1395288

Planted our first planting today.
A picture story.
Corms in the furrows.
Enjoy.
Bernie

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 11, 2005
4:06 AM

Post #1395291

Close-up of large corms. Three rows of these.

Edit to add, furrows are about 8" deep.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 11, 2005
4:08 AM

Post #1395292

Close-up of bulbets. They are just poured in the furrow.
Most will bloom this year & produce many larger corms.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 11, 2005
4:09 AM

Post #1395295

In goes the T-Tape. Also put some fertilizer in the trench.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 11, 2005
4:12 AM

Post #1395297

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.
makshi
Noblesville, IN
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2005
8:55 PM

Post #1396555

That is great. I love glads and my Son planted 42 of them for me yesterday. How many did you plant? It looks like a lot more than 42. What kind do you have?
smiln32
Oklahoma City, OK
(Zone 7a)

April 12, 2005
12:22 AM

Post #1396927

Do you produce these for selling? Also, what is T-tape?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 12, 2005
2:24 AM

Post #1397224

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
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2005
3:13 AM

Post #1397333

what is t-tape made of? sounds like an underground soaker hose kinda thing?
Witch
Taylor, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 14, 2005
3:10 AM

Post #1401923

yeah, inquiring minds want to know...
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 11, 2007
1:43 PM

Post #3177576

Good information!
Good photos -
perhaps this should go to the glad forum?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 11, 2007
1:53 PM

Post #3177603

Yes, there wasn't a Glad forum when this was started.
grannymarsh
Marquette, MI
(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2007
6:21 PM

Post #3185220

WOW, look at your soil. ! ! ! ! !
Cool pictoral, thanks for sharing and thank you 4paws for resurecting it.
McGlory
Southeast, NE
(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2007
6:35 PM

Post #3185255

Oh, thank goodness someone pointed out this wasn't a new thread! I was almost to d-mail you, Bernie, just to say, "It's February in Minnesota, for heaven's sakes!" Ha ha!

Now that I see it, April makes a lot more sense!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 13, 2007
6:39 PM

Post #3185271

Lori,
It's 23, so maybe there's hope. LOL!
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 13, 2007
7:17 PM

Post #3185398

Bernie's got me dreaming of being the Glad/Dog Lady of Hoopa.
Guys are out cutting down brush right now!
oh boy, oh boy, oh boy...!
soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2007
11:22 AM

Post #3213879

Bernie, what do you do to keep your glads from falling over? Plant deeply?? Love your rows!! :)

Susan
soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2007
11:31 AM

Post #3213897

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/674551/ Ohh found this thread! :)

Susan
chris_lcf530
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2007
11:40 AM

Post #3213912

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,
chris

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 22, 2007
11:46 AM

Post #3213927

I don't know, but I am guessing they would come up.
chris_lcf530
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 22, 2007
11:53 AM

Post #3213940

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.
Thanks again,
chris
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 1, 2007
3:41 PM

Post #3237402

Bernie, how many glads will fit in a 25' row? Or better, about how many feet of row do I need for 100 glads?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 1, 2007
5:15 PM

Post #3237734

You can plant about 7 or 8 to 1 foot of row.
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 1, 2007
5:55 PM

Post #3237865

Oh good...that's closer than I've read. Thanks, Bernie!
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

March 2, 2007
3:05 AM

Post #3239654

Bernie,

I can see how you would be pretty busy in the fall harvesting, washing, and curing 25,000 corms!. I have about 500 and it is work.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 2, 2007
3:11 AM

Post #3239680

We buckled down & it really didn't take to long.
Looking forward to another year. I am going to add some Dahlias to the cut flowers.
New experience.
Bernie
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

March 2, 2007
7:37 PM

Post #3241716

Bernie, do you lift the corms with machinery?

Also do you plant the corms by hand or do you have a mechanical planter?

I imagine the furrows are made with a furrower and tractor, I couldn't image how you would do all that by hand!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 2, 2007
7:57 PM

Post #3241776

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.
Bernie
wallaby1
Lincoln
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

March 2, 2007
8:20 PM

Post #3241823

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.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

March 2, 2007
9:44 PM

Post #3242112

We have one for planting plants, would you like to buy it ? Setting plants by hand works better.
We cover them with our cultivator tractor.
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 27, 2007
7:31 PM

Post #3542029

CountryGardens, how does the planting go this season? When will your last planting be?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2007
10:59 PM

Post #3542639

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!
Bernie

Our soil isn't purple like the picture shows, it is really black!

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serenaski
Traverse City, MI
(Zone 6a)

July 19, 2007
2:46 PM

Post #3754659

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.
Serena
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 19, 2007
3:48 PM

Post #3754915

I wish I could make this a sticky on my page, instead of having to find it or wait for someone to post.
:-)
chris_lcf530
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 19, 2007
3:58 PM

Post #3754971

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.

chris
dapapabear2
Hartford, CT
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2007
1:07 AM

Post #3892475


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

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 24, 2007
2:02 AM

Post #3892769

I would plant them. How long before your frost ?
Bernie
dapapabear2
Hartford, CT
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2007
2:42 AM

Post #3892984


Hard to tell the way the weather is these days but maybe mid to late october. Guess I'll put them in this weekend, thanks!
intercessor
Fox River Valley Are, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2007
12:45 AM

Post #4003531

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!

Thanks,
Andrew

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 22, 2007
1:03 AM

Post #4003589

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.

Bernie
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 22, 2007
3:26 AM

Post #4004018

What did the frost do to the glads, Bernie?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 22, 2007
4:10 AM

Post #4004152

Only a few got hurt. Picked a bunch today. Some from you are now blooming. I will send you a few of our colors later on, maybe spring.
intercessor
Fox River Valley Are, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2007
1:11 PM

Post #4004480

Ok a couple more questions :*) How far down in the soil can the potato digger be adjusted
to dig and how do you store the glads over winter?

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 4, 2007
12:01 AM

Post #4046084

I remember I was busy the day this thread showed up in my favorites list. The best answers are go to this thread, towards the end.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/759531/

We will be digging more tomorrow.
Bernie
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 18, 2007
12:48 AM

Post #4204790

This thread should have a sticky, imho.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 1, 2010
1:36 AM

Post #7414912

Bringing this to the top for all new Glad people.
bachngolf
Mesquite, NV
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2010
9:54 PM

Post #7431699

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
Tex68
Long Branch, NJ
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2010
8:26 AM

Post #7440908

OK - Nothing about Gladiolas, but to those interested TAGGING this page for future reference so you don't have to look for it all the time. Here's how it works:

1.On the upper right hand corner of this page (just below the time and date) is a FOLDER icon. Click that folder icon.

2. It will bring you to a page asking to name a tag for the thread/page. For example you may enter "Planting Gladiolas".

3. Click on the button that says 'Add these tags'. That's it! The page goes to your TAGGED FOLDER.

To access your TAGGED FOLDER:

1. Click on "MY TOOLS" on the page header.
2. Scroll down and click "TAGS".
3. The page will show you the threads/pages that you previously tagged.

See how simple and easy to always find your favorite threads or informative threads at any given time.

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4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 11, 2010
11:27 AM

Post #7450980

Tex, thanks for that information. I have about a half dozen threads permanantly on my watch list just so I don't have to look for them, and this one is one of them.

:-)

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