Gladiolus dalenii

Ellen Hornig via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Thu, 29 Apr 2021 10:40:25 PDT
I have it here in the open garden in Shrewsbury Massachusetts (zone 5b/6a), and it does fine. In fact, it's become a pest, because lacking predators the thousands of tiny offsets (cormlets) tend all to survive, resulting in colonies of grass-like foliage supporting a handful of flowering stalks. Same thing happened with Gladiolus 'Boone', which is a G. dalenii type. Kinda sorry I ever planted them.
 
Ellen Hornig

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> On Apr 29, 2021, at 1:24 PM, Fred Biasella via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
> 
> ´╗┐Hi Nick,
> 
> I live in Cambridge (Boston) MA an the winter can and usually go down to the teens to negative digits F in the winter. I haven't dug down yet but I will very shortly to see if there's any sign or mush. Most if not of my summer growing bulbs are actively up and out of the ground. I'll keep an eye out for it just in case but have you ever lifted them for the winter?
> 
> Warm Regards,
> Fred 
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> Subject: Re: [pbs] Gladiolus dalenii
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> 
> 
> Hi Fred,
> 
> How cold is cold, and how do you know they didn't survive?  Did you dig down, or are you inferring based on their failure to reappear this spring?
> I'm in NC, and most of my G. dalenii, and the hybrids thereof, are only now breaking the surface.  In a colder climate, I'd expect them still to be underground.  Some clones are even later to break dormancy. The 'Halloweenie' clone sold by Plant Delights doesn't appear in my garden until sometime in summer and it flowers about three months after the other plants--are your plants perhaps a late-emerging form?
> 
> Nick
> North Carolina, Zone 7
> https://sweetgumandpines.wordpress.com/
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>> On Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 1:05 PM Fred Biasella via pbs < pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
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>> Hello Folks,
>> 
>> Does anyone grow this pretty Glad in the colder states? I planted a 
>> potful in my garden but it didn't seem to survive the winter despite 
>> being planted in the warmest part of my garden and at the base of a 
>> sunnyish wall. I'm very tempted to try is again but I'm thinking of 
>> lifting it in the fall for dry storage in my basement. Has anyone else 
>> tried this and have they been successful?
>> 
>> Thanks and Warm Regards,
>> Fred
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