Forcing Gladiolus

aka_raeanne(4a NY)March 20, 2014

Do you know if you can grown Gladiolus Nanus bulbs in water? I want to use them as centerpieces in clear vases with the bulb sitting on top of some glass rocks. If this can be done, how long does it normally to grow to buds/blooms.

I searched this forum and didn't find anything - so apologize if this has been discussed before.

Thank you.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I would be more concerned about keeping them upright than getting them to grow out of season. They're really tall and top-heavy.

For time-reference, the foliage is just starting to show for the year, and the height of the bloom show is at the beginning of May. It might take less or more time out of a natural setting, IDK.

The blooms are very short-lived though. They look great for about a week, then start to decline. The window of time when you could use them would be very small. If it is for a particular event, this would be too risky for me to consider. If you just want to have them when ready, sounds like fun to try!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 11:06AM
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