Gladiolus cultivation

Eugene Zielinski
Sun, 16 Mar 2008 11:03:49 PDT
I'm not a fan of "Me, too" messages, but regarding this message on species
Gladiolus, I must say "Me, too!"  I've been interested in the summer
growing species since I've joined this group, but I've had little luck
growing them from seed.  The seeds germinate readily enough, but the
seedlings stay small, and I ultimately lose them.  The exceptions seem to
be Gladiolus dalenii, which I have seen growing along the road here (a
brownish maroon form, not too showy) and in Savannah, and G. callianthus
Dell -- if you don't have a copy of Goldblatt and Manning's Gladiolus in
Southern Africa, get one (as long as you don't mind spending the money.) 
Goldblatt's Gladiolus in Tropical Africa isn't as impressive, but is still
worthwhile.  It may still be available from Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller
at a ridiculously low price ($4?)
And while I'm talking about Iridaceae, I'll mention that the pure white
Iris albicans is in full bloom.  Spring is here.

Eugene Zielinski
Augusta, GA  USA

> [Original Message]
> From: Dell Sherk <>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
> Date: 3/16/2008 1:14:58 PM
> Subject: [pbs] Gladiolus cultivation
> Dear All,
>       A number of gladiolus species were offered on the PBS 2008 Clearance
> Sale and on BX 166. I have been looking at photos of Glad. species on our
> wiki and in various books in my library and am amazed at their beauty and
> variety. I think that they are much more beautiful than the common
> hybrids that we see so often. I would like to try to grow some of them -
> actually, all of them - but I don't know quite where to begin. Would any
> you who have had success with this genus be so kind as to share some
> cultivation tips with the rest of us?
> Happy Spring,
> Dell

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