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The PBS List is an email discussion of bulbs, sponsored by the Pacific Bulb Society, for people around the world. Although bulbs (defined more broadly to include all geophytes) are the focus, we recognize that people who grow them probably grow other things too and will be talking about them from time to time. Everyone is welcome to take part, simply click on Subscribe and enter your details below.

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Sowing south african gladioli by Michael Mace via pbs at Sat, 30 Sep 2023 09:52:11 PDT
Hi, Gianni. You didn't say where you are in Europe, so the right time might vary. In general, the winter- and spring-flowering Glads from South Africa grow d
Sowing South African gladiolus by Nan Sterman via pbs at Sat, 30 Sep 2023 08:25:55 PDT
Thank you for that detailed description! Sent from my eye eye phone. All typos are the captain’s fault. > On Sep 30, 2023, at 7:02 AM, Johannes-Ulrich Urban v
Sowing South African gladiolus by Johannes-Ulrich Urban via pbs at Sat, 30 Sep 2023 07:02:24 PDT
Dear All, There is not much to add to the thread on South African gladiolus. As the membership is living in many different countries and climates and some may
New(ish) Bessera species by Nicholas Plummer via pbs at Fri, 29 Sep 2023 20:08:33 PDT
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Sowing south african gladioli by Robert Parks via pbs at Fri, 29 Sep 2023 18:10:05 PDT
Sow the winter growers in the fall as temperatures cool, and rain starts...although you may need to irrigate if the rain starts later than where they are native

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