In bloom, but Rhodophiala not

Lee Poulsen
Wed, 05 Sep 2007 15:45:30 PDT
Yet another reason to have the word 'oporanthous' AND start marking 
more of my plants as this. I knew there was a gladiolus I have that 
bloomed at this time, but usually all I find when I start bringing all 
my winter-growers out of storage in the fall is the dead deformed 
scapes that tried growing in a tight situation. I keep forgetting to 
mark it so that in late spring, when I start storing all of them for 
the summer (and have completely forgotten about G. carmineus's blooming 
in late summer), I can put that one in my oporanthous bulb area I 
described in a previous email. Thanks for noting this one, Mary Sue.

Also, thanks for commenting that Narcissus bulb fly grubs also attack 
Cyrtanthus. We get them sometimes and they mostly attack Narcissus. But 
I never would have guessed that they would attack Cyrtanthus, some of 
which I have mysteriously lost in the past and now realize showed the 
same symptoms as Narcissus do.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a

On Sep 5, 2007, at 3:00 PM, Mary Sue Ittner wrote:

> And Gladiolus
> carmineus is popping into bloom all over my garden.

> I have a
> couple of spikes on Cyrtanthus (one hybrid) and one on C. sanguineus 
> that
> mostly got wiped out by the Narcissus bulb fly so I was surprised to
> see  the start of  a spike in the middle of some of the little offsets 
> I
> saved when I tossed the bigger ones eaten by the grubs. 

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