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Name: Izhar ul Haq
Karachi, Pakistan
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Izhar
Jan 27, 2011 12:50 AM CST
Just sharing the new blooms on my Gladioli:

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Name: Susan B
East Tennessee (Zone 6b)
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lakesidecallas
Jan 27, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Very pretty! I love the orange one.
Name: Izhar ul Haq
Karachi, Pakistan
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Izhar
Jan 28, 2011 3:31 AM CST
That orange yellow one is Princess Margaret Rose and the Pink cream is Priscilla.
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Jan 28, 2011 3:40 PM CST
Do you have problems with thrips attacking gladiolus plants in your part of the world? I used to grow them until they got infested one year. The only solution is to spray every year and I did not want to do that. I ended up pulling them all out and throwing them away.
Name: Izhar ul Haq
Karachi, Pakistan
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Izhar
Jan 29, 2011 12:57 AM CST
not a sign of them yet... Smiling
Name: Izhar ul Haq
Karachi, Pakistan
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Izhar
Jan 30, 2011 9:36 AM CST
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 3, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Very lovely, Izhar! Such a neat and well organized garden you have :-)

I read years ago that you can help control thrips on glads by soaking the corms in Lysol solution after they're dug in fall. I guess that would work better for those of us in cold winter areas that have to dig them, but would make them more work than they're worth in warm areas.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Feb 3, 2011 5:00 PM CST
Thanks, Neal. Those thrips attacked all kinds of plants that I believe is in the Iridaceae family - acidantheras, schizostylis, etc. I have had to pull they all up. I left a few bulbs in the ground that had leaves that did not look too battered by the thrips, and I liked the color. Maybe I will dig them up soon and try the soaking in lysol bit before they start to leaf up.

Then, maybe I will get glads as nice as Izhar's. Hilarious!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 3, 2011 5:59 PM CST
Dianne, I believe thrips are known for leaving eggs on dying leaves and stems, so be sure not to compost plant material that they have invaded. They're what cause those brown spots and distortions on buds and blooms aren't they? Nothing ticks me off worse than pests that ruin the blooms!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Izhar ul Haq
Karachi, Pakistan
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Izhar
Feb 3, 2011 11:36 PM CST
Thank you all, I have a purple one blooming now, will share the pics soon...

BTW I bought these in 2005 but due to my lack of experience then and space constraint, I was planting them in locations with lesser sun, so they bloomed very less and shorter spikes. Every year after spring I dug up & save the corms and this year was just perfect for them, every corm with size above 1 inch has formed the spikes..

Neal, I planted them rather haphazardly in a small area but the way they performed, next year I will be giving them the whole bed Big Grin
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Feb 4, 2011 12:02 AM CST
Thanks for the warning Neal - I don't think I have composted any of the diseased plants. And yes, all the flowers were all deformed too - I just yank up the whole plants and discard them. I am glad that they are somewhat species specific and therefore did not harm the other perennials they were growing near.

Izhar - Do you dig them up every year because the ground freezes in the part of Pakistan that you live in? A whole bed of gladioli is going to be beautiful.
Name: Izhar ul Haq
Karachi, Pakistan
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Izhar
Feb 4, 2011 1:13 AM CST
Dianne, its just opposite.... the weather become so hot that the foliage dries to ground, if I leave them the corms will sit there very safely till next winter season but I have summer bulbous plants (Caladiums & Cannas) and other annuals to plant, so I dig & put in terracotta pot with soil to cover them up.. they remain in this position from April till November...
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Feb 6, 2011 8:30 AM CST
Beautiful glads Izhar! And what lovely gardens you have there. Nice and neat.
Name: Kim
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Kim
Apr 19, 2011 7:48 AM CST
I might have to gets me some of them! I saw some for $2.00 yesterday and the color struck me. After I pick them up I'll come back and show a pic of the box. Not sure what the variety was. I sure hope they're still there Rolling my eyes. I'm going back there TODAY Big Grin


Izhar..I assume it's warm for all the time? February I'm covered with snow Hilarious!

Name: Kim
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Kim
Apr 24, 2011 7:57 AM CST
I didn't take a picture..I got them and they are called "Mon Amour" anyone have that variety?
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Apr 24, 2011 9:07 AM CST
Lovely pastel colors on that one. I don't believe I've grown it.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Kim
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Kim
Apr 24, 2011 12:27 PM CST
I hope they are as pretty as the package. I'm going to plant them today..My fear is that they aren't hardy. Do you have to dig this bulb in KY?
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Apr 25, 2011 5:37 AM CST
Glads aren't considered hardy here (they're zone 7 hardy I believe), but they usually do return for me. I have noticed some varieties seem to be hardier than others, but given some protection, most will typically survive the winter. Planting deep usually provides enough protection, but they do produce a new corm on top of the old one each year, gradually working themselves to a shallower depth, so a couple of years is about as long as they last for me without digging and replanting. If you have them near a foundation they will probably last longer, I remember my mother had some next to the house for many years.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
Apr 25, 2011 7:15 AM CST
We have a place nearby where they used to grow them to sell cut. Probably 10 years ago or more, and they still show up each year, with no protection at all, out in the field. I put a bale of straw over mine each year, and they come back fine. I don't know if they are as full and pretty as when you first purchase them, though.

I knew crocosmia was in the glad family, but I just dug some and was surprised that they grew exactly the same, with corms on top of one another.
Name: Kim
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Kim
Apr 26, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Thanks! I'm going to try them. They're not seen much around here..But I do have other plants that are not suppose to be hardy but they come back. Time will tell.. Not a Bulb but blooming today so I just wanted to share a few pics...and under a tree there are some bulbs.




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