Gladiolus cultivation
Wed, 26 Mar 2008 15:43:33 PDT
Thank you, Leo, for the good concrete advice. I look forward to your donation of seeds.

Best regards,

>> I would like to try to grow some [species Gladiolus]
>> ...actually, all of them - but I don't know quite where to begin.
>> Would any of you who have had success with this genus be so kind as to
>> share some cultivation tips with the rest of us?
> Hello Dell,
> I've been out of town for a week and am attacking the shrubbery in my
> inbox chronologically.
> The Glad species I've grown, both summer and winter growing, have been
> pretty easy once they germinate. But - I live in a very different climate
> from you. I hope you've received information from people who have to grow
> the winter-growers indoors. Also, there must be many different approaches.
> Here, so long as temperatures are correct, they grow easily outside in
> pots. Fresh seed sprouts well if kept very moist to very wet for some
> weeks. The winter growers seem to prefer a few weeks in the ground of warm
> days alternating with cool nights to sprout best.
> I had poor results until I began keeping my seedling pots very wet. Much
> of what I read warms of rot if kept too wet. With my low humidity that has
> never been a problem, and drying out has been much more a problem.
> I use deep pots for all my bulbs; my seedlings do best in 20-ounce foam
> cups, which are 3" wide at the top and 6" tall. (7.5cm wide x 15cm tall.)
> One drying out at the wrong time may be fatal for seedlings. I also use a
> soil with very little organic matter.
> Most of my winter bulbs grow much better if fertilized weakly and
> regularly during their growing season.
> In my absence my Hesperantha vaginata seems to have set three fruits
> though it was the only example of this genus flowering at the time. I
> should have some seed of this and hand-pollinated Babiana sinuata for the
> exchange before long.
> Leo Martin
> Phoenix Arizona USA
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