From another thread.
A couple of things. If you don't want to mess around staking, plant deep. We have a machine that makes 4 rows at a time. It makes furrows 8 to 10 inches deep. All our glad bulbs are planted that deep. Then we cover about half way. After they poke through, we cultivate & the rest of the furrow fills. Buries any sprouting weeds, too. After the plants are about 18" tall, we again cultivate & then use a hiller to put about a 6" hill on the row. They do not tip over!
Somewhere they mentioned cutting, we cut about 5" above the soil. We are looking for long stems.
Just read this and I am not sure I understand, but I like the idea of not staking...LOL Laura, can you draw me a picture? LOL Am I understanding you dig down 8-10 inches, plant the corms, cover in about 4-5 inches, wait till they sprout, then cover the rest of the way another 4-5 inches, and when they are18" tall you put another 6inches of soil over the bottoms? Is that right? WOW!
Wow, like I said. That is a lot of work unless you have the machinery I would think. I don't have machinery...but I will see what I can do to improvise, or perhaps I can rent one and get someone to help me with that! I would certainly save a lot of time and trouble! I have lots of glads to get into the ground, right, Laura! LOL...of course I may be doing them one at a time too...could take a while, but it would make the blooming season longer...LOL!!! Thanks for the info Countrygardens!
Yes, Janet, you definately have a few glads to plant; 305 to be exact. :-) I only have 150, three times what I'd planned to plant, and 49 lilies, 100% more than I was considering when the coop opened. :-)
I can get them for you in spring for roughly 8¢ per bulb. Only catch is 500 of a color is minimum. If you are sending to numerous people it wouldn't make any difference.
I checked Blooming Bulb link. Did you order 500 of a color to get that price?
No, we got the 100 price; they were on sale at the time for 26 cents each.
500 is a lot of one color, but 8 cents is a good price! The most we managed was 195 of Plum Tart. We ordered 18 different colors of glads, and 26 different lilies, three at the 100 price, some at the 15, most at 25 or 50. Lilies were on sale as well.
Thanks bernie. I took mine off the plants, they dry up inside in a box. I grow Georgia Flame, not sure if I will use them though! If you get insect bites, rub the inside of a pepper on them, good for eczema too or any swelling.
That is just awesome...how many hours of sunlight do you think they need to bloom well? I have a couple of spots that get partial sunlight, maybe three or four hours a day that I would love to line some up along the back side of these beds...maybe some of the darker ones since the color stays better and won't bleach out as much in partial sun...what do you think?
Well, I think I will give it a try anyway...if they don't do great I can always move them...lol thanks for the pics I love the way your rows look so nice, and they are all standing...great way to plant them!!
We get 8 hrs of sun a day even in winter--its about 7:30am to about 5:30pm now--that is amended to add if the sun even shines at all (which is rare this winter). Let's rephrase that to: I have enough light for this Ipheion 'Alberto Castillo' to bloom today...
Deb, my Ipheon Wisley Blue is in flower too, has been for a while. They must like it dull!
4paws, I think the water question is like asking how long is a piece of string. So much depends on temperatures, soil types etc, but I think they like to be dry while dormant, average moisture when in growth. Most bulbs or corms cope fairly well with some dryness, the corms are a sort of storage organ.
Yes, I understand that, wallaby, but you did answer my question. It's not dry here when they are dormant, but I have excellent soil and drainage for the most part; summer water is the tricky part, unless the irrigation is back online next summer.
Countrygardens, how did you get into growing cut flowers? How did you find someone to sell them to?
We had an older single lady selling them at our Farmers Market. She had worked at a big gladiolus farm before she went on her own. She then met & married this guy who was close to retiring. He helped for a couple years. When he was ready to retire, he told her no more glads. So we decided to fill the void. Last summer, our high day was 107 bunches of 6 stems @ $5 a bunch.
We have a very active Farmers Market in my area. I buy a dozen roses for $7 every two weeks. In fact the vase on my dining room table is getting close to three weeks, and I have only had to toss two.
We don't have someone who sells glads though. Hmmm
Bernie, how many acres do you plant with Glads?
Bernie, how many bunches can you get from each plant? I was trying to think how many times I cut mine and brought them in...LOL I had glads all summer too in vases anyway!! I love them. I am wondering what kind of permit I would need to do something like that...here in Georgia..
Yes, I'm wondering the same...
I have wonderful soil and an excellent climate, if I could find the market. Of course, it would preclude any more co-op coordinating over there on Plant Deal Lane. (co-op forum)
1 per plant, but 2 or 3 per bulb you plant.
No permits needed in Minnesota. As long as you grow it yourself in MN, you can sell it anywhere without restriction.
There's even an old law on the books that when cities & towns were being laid out they needed to have a square for selling farm products & such. One city was baulking at having a Farmers Market. The Farmers Market group took them to court & they would have had to tear down the buildings on that square block if they didn't provide an alternate space.
Shouldn't need a permit in Georgia either, it's supposed to be farming state.
Cool! That is very interesting! I have a daughter that is trying to figure out ways to make some "extra" money, so I was thinking about talking to her about doing this and see what happens...I will have to do some more research. Thanks!
Countrygardens, I love your planting idea for not staking! This is my first time planting glads, I want to leave them in ground over winter...if I plant them that deep will they still come up next year with all the soil on top? Maybe that planting is only for cutters?
Thanks all for the good info and ideas on this thread,
Well, Countrygardens, here I am with another few hundred corms and FINALLY have about 35 feet of furrows ready to plant tonight.Around my gardens I could only get a few dozen planted, but I worked out an arrangement with a friend who has unlimited irrigation water, which I don't yet, to plant glads in her garden in exchange for all the cut flowers she wanted. She jumped on that, and her husband tilled up more space. HOWEVER, their soil is so rocky compared to mine! Whew! That hand howing and rock picking reminds me of upstate NY. I know-30 feet is nothing compared to 25,000!
So, I guess I won't have my first blooms until mid-August, eh?
When you plant in succession, Bernie, how far apart?
Everything I have read says plant two weeks apart for constant blooms. I have some blooming now. Some minis that I didn't think were ever going to bloom and some normal ones. Not loving the minis too much.