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Peacock Orchids (snicker)

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    Default Peacock Orchids (snicker)

    OK, I know these arenít orchids. I just couldnít resist. Itís funny how many people think they are since this is the name they are usually sold under.

    The real name is Acidanthera bicolor or Gladiolus callianthus. Most garden centers sell this, so they arenít difficult to find. They also multiply just like glads.

    Culture is similar to glads, but unlike glads these can be used very nicely in the mixed border grown in clumps. Have you ever seen a single gladiola growing in someoneís garden? Just doesnít work for me at all. Be prepared to wait until late in the season for blooms. In MN, these are a very late summer to fall bloomer. They just need a really long growing season to produce.

    I donít grow these anymore. I didnít really find them all that attractive since the flowers never really opened wide for me like in the pictures. The fragrance is wonderful, though. I would always cut all the flowers and bring them in the house just for that.

    Does anyone grow these and really like them? Maybe I just live too far north for these.


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    I tried them ...once ... RIP Peacock Orchids they never did a thing , A single glad humm have to find that picture ,Show me the error of my ways oh mighty leader I thought everone grew them that way .lol . Gin

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    I hope I didn't offend anyone by my glad statement. I guess I just think they look kind of lonely planted that way. I really love glads, but really think of them as a cut flower, not a garden plant.

    As long as I am potentially offending people, I have the same thoughts about roses. I don't mind the flowers in a vase, but don't like the look of the bush with or without flowers.

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    Last year, I had giant glads toppling over, leaves too long and heavy. Talk about heavy, the flowers almost touched the ground, as if someone stepped on them. That made my yard look just wonderful . Okay, I couldn't stand them out there, so I cut all the flowers and wow did they look nice in a vase! They look so much nicer as cut flowers...

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    See?

    That's what I've always seen too.

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    My glads did touch the ground the whole plant lolol they fell over last year . I was teasing you . I don't have a picture of one . Gin

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    What's even better is when people plant them in a straight row in the front of their house and they do that.

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    My mom had a huge patch of them they were beautiful , ruffled , diffrent colors , I remember how she picked them out one big bulb at a time ...Funny how a person remembers things .

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    When I was a kid, my Dad planted 1500 glads every year. It was one huge garden of just them. Everyone in the neighborhood got armloads of them. Haven't thought of that in a long time.

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    Our pink glads are just starting to bloom. They are bent way over from their weight. Last year I tried to stake them up. --what a stupid idea that was. It did not help a bit. This year it looked like they were going to stand up on their own, but then it rained...hard, and now they are growing along the ground.

    Grrrr...
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