Re: [gardeners] gladioli

Ron Hay (
Wed, 16 Feb 2000 16:32:19 -0800

Hello to all of you, and thanks to those of you who have given me tips on
the transplanting of glads:)

Glad to see you back online, Penny; we have missed you.


penny x stamm wrote:

> .
> Hello, Ron -- I plant lots of glads. I enjoy them for their tall
> spikes which contrast so well with all the bushy flowers in
> the beds, and for their color variety.
> If I never rototilled in spring, my glads would survive the
> winter cold here in zone 6. I always plant in batches of
> 5 or 6, to give them a chance to show off.  Once in awhile,
> the tiller leaves a few behind -- something I cannot explain --
> and a lonesome polecat pops up.  Since the first signs of
> leaves start early, I can plant around them without hurting them!
> Last summer I planted the leftovers, a bunch of about 30, right
> in the veggie garden, at least 6 weeks late. They came in just
> the same, and I had glads to cut in November, which is unheard
> of..!
> But truthfully, I have never tried to transplant a glad. I suppose it
> wouldn't hurt you to experiment -- if you lose some, they are
> easily replaceable. And perhaps your beds would look more
> sensible without the disruption of the blooming glads...
> If you decide to try moving them, as has been already suggested
> take as much surrounding soil with each bulb as you can grab.
> Place some bone meal under the bulb, tamp the soil down rather
> well, and water every day for two weeks. Don't drown them, but do
> water them. Oh yes -- if you know that they will need a stake later
> on, then insert that stake in the ground at the same time you are
> planting, while you still remember where the bulb is -- so you do
> not injure the root system or the bulb itself, later on.
> In the end, it may all revolve around how much time you have to
> spend on the task....
> Penny, NY