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Farmington, NM

June 12, 2008
7:17 PM

Post #5093806

Thanks Toni for the useful information. But, I have a couple of questions. I live in the southwest, New Mexico to be exact, zone 5. My Glads have been doing well and I don't remove them in the winter. But, now instead of big tall stalks that usually grow, several little stalks are coming up. I dug these up, and the original bulb has turned to a mushy substance. So now I have lots of little (cormels) stalks. My question is can I plant these cormels now? I do have places I can put them so that they may take their time to bloom. Or should I leave them in the ground and wait till fall to transplant? Or should I even mess with these and just plant new bulbs? Any information would be helpful, thanks.
Uncasville, CT
(Zone 6a)

June 13, 2008
12:35 PM

Post #5097319

The little cormels could be dug now and dried for fall planting. I'd do that, since they take FOREVER to mature and bloom! Also, I suspect they are quite crowded, since the parent bulb makes so many. This will also inhibit vigorous growth.

My inclination would be to buy some new bulbs too. You can never have too many glads! LOL

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