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    Although the hover flies would steal the bulk of pollen, I managed to self pollinate all the flowers.
    Great spectacle out of just 7 spikes, that is inclining towards its end right now:



    I saved some anthers, and put them at ambient temperature in the dark. The spikes of "Mon Amour" are just revealing themselves, and these are dainty as compared to "Priscilla"
    Two of them can be seen 6 o'clock in


    I think that it is really one good suggestion: IF you can get "Priscilla" next season then DO NOT HESITATE and purchase a dozend or so of this "classic" Gladiola

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    Thumbs up

    Wow!!
    They look beautiful en masse
    Abby

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    Wohooo!!
    Guess who found some Priscilla on eBay ?

    I've been tempted and bought - hope I am able to display equally as beautiful pix soon.

    Any tips on growing Gladioli ?
    Abby

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    "Priscilla" - to my surprise I detected these as "prevailing" in several gardens. I assume that it is one of the cultivars that bloom early.
    As to tips I suggest to plant them deeper as generally recommended, actually heavier spikes from good, thick corms tend to tumble over that this might even break the connection to the corm. Alternatively you can add some soil level around the corms.

    "Mon Amour" in Germany!
    With seed pods on spikes of "Priscilla" in the background.
    31 seed pods x 30 seeds = 930 seeds YIKES!

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    "Mon Amour" is a stunner

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    WOW!!!!
    "Mon Amour" is absolutely gorgeous

    I cannot get over all the seeds you are going to have from "Priscilla" - did you self them or cross them with something else ?

    Beside "Priscilla" I also purchased some mixed bulbs so that I may have something to cross them with.

    Any idea how long it takes from seed to bloom ?

    Thanks for the growing tip - I suppose it may be an idea to plant them next to a trellis so one is able to tie them up.
    Abby

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    Although the hover flies would steal the bulk of pollen, I managed to self pollinate all the flowers of "Priscilla" (see above).
    According to some general remarks on the internet, SOME of the corms out of seedlings, will produce maiden blooms in the 2nd year. The bulk should bloom out of 2 y old corms though.

    For unknown reason, one spike of "Mon Amour" broke off.

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    Sad that it broke but it sure looks good in front of the curtain

    Hope you get a lot of beautiful babies
    Abby

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