Gladiolus tristis

Mary Sue Ittner
Wed, 21 Jul 2004 07:21:13 PDT
Dear Jim,

Gladiolus tristis var. aestivalis last year started into growth early, but 
it may have been one of the pots I watered before I went to South Africa. 
Some I did and some I waited until I got back. My data base says 
August-September which probably means it was growing when I got back and 
therefore I couldn't be sure when it came up. The year before first shoots 
appeared in October.

The Southern African Gladiolus are an unusual group since some are dormant 
in winter, some dormant in summer, some almost evergreen, some bloom before 
leaves and some afterwards and they bloom summer, fall, winter, and spring.

Since I have two pots of these I plan to experiment with them and try some 
in a new raised bed I'm creating. After I share some with the Mendocino 
Coast Botanical Gardens if I still have a few left, I'll send you some and 
you can try planting them late (if they don't start growing before) and see 
what happens.

Mary Sue

>Mary Sue, when does Gladiolus tristis var. aestivalis begin to grow for you?

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