Tropical African Gladiolus

Jim McKenney
Fri, 09 Mar 2007 08:10:10 PST
Tony Avent wrote: "All of the Acidanthera/Gladiolus that we've ever grown
flowers very late here...early-mid October."

That's surprising to me, Tony, because plants growing here bloom much
earlier than that, and you've got us beaten in the heat department.

And plants in containers (big tubs) bloom before plants in the ground.
They're usually blooming sometime in August here. They bloom early enough to
ripen seed easily. 

The plants I'm describing are grown from corms which are dug annually and
stored at room temperature. By the time I plant them they usually have
sprouts an inch or two long. 

Are you describing plants left in the ground? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where winter is relaxing its
grip for a few days. 

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