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Q.Are My Mixed Color Gladiolus Blooming In Order By Color?

Zone Seattle,wa | Snowshoe added on August 11, 2020 | Answered

Hello, I planted ~20 mixed color gladiolus corms all at the same time. First only plants with red-orange flowers bloomed, then the next ones to show color were peach, and now these last couple of days pink blooms have appeared on some plants. No new red-orange or peach plants have started to bloom since their wave of color came and I went. Will I continue to see one color start to bloom at a time? Will it be similar to the light spectrum? Do certain colors of the petals require less energy from the plant?

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Answered on August 13, 2020

It is likely that the cultivar selection is mixed. This could very well mean that bloom times are slightly different from one cultivar to the other. This won't be due to the color of the flower, directly, but can be an effect of the genetics present.

Here is an article that will help you with the care of these plants:


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