1st glads-tall/green foliage, but ugly brown blooms
I've never grown gladiolas....but picked up a bag of bulbs from Home Depot last spring and planted as directed in a well-amended planter. I don't remember the bulbs being soft or anything....but my neighbor, who grows great glads told me he thinks my problem was probably due to inferior bulbs.
Anyway, they all came up nicely, tall & green & promising.
But when they bloomed, the blooms were just plain ugly, brownish looking....kinda like the way thrips ruin the edges of a rose. I didn't notice any unusual bugs or anything. It was a rainy season, but they were in full sun.
I couldn't enjoy even one bloom because they were all really ugly.
Any ideas? I'd like to try them again next year, but maybe I need to hand-pick the bulbs individually from a local nursery that has a great reputation?