> started in March when the daylight hours would be longer. Was the intent > just to bloom them once and then toss them or was there any information > about how they did in later years? The suggestion was that you might select your own seed each year to develop an early flowering strain, and or a particular colour strain. Use of the corms was only briefly mentioned. The larger Gladiolus in the UK are borderline as regards leaving in over winter. OK in well drained or warmer areas, but often rot elsewhere, so they are usually lifted and stored. It was pointed out that first year flowers were often not truly representative of a mature corm's flowers, so presumably might have a more delicate appearance than the large corm grown "florists" type. Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8 Maybe 1st snow showers of winter tonight here, in the balmy south?