Quick bloom from seed

Brian Whyer brian.whyer@btinternet.com
Fri, 01 Feb 2008 02:10:02 PST
> 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?

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