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As my glads send out their flower stalk, each flower bud as it colors
up gets a little brown/gray on the edges and looks terrible. Same thing
happened last year, and I thought I had thrips, but am now leaning
toward a disease. Since I have about 2000 in the ground, I'd really
be interested if anyone has had something similar, and if so, what can
be done about it. I'd prefer organic solutions if possible, but will
look at other solutions as maybe a key to finding an organic one.
If you suspect a disease problem, I'd appreciate your telling where you
got your diagnosis from (extension agent, fellow grower, book).
Thanks for any information.
Ann
 

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I'll answer my own post. I talked with an entomologist and a
pathologist at Penn State diagnostic labs, and also tore open
some flowers. It is gladiolus thrips which is damaging the tissue,
and then probably getting a secondary infection of fungus or
something similar to the damaged tissue. Too late to correct this
year, especially with a low impact material...Ann
 

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Ann,
I'm glad you found your answer. I read your post several times but didn't have a clue what to suggest; I think many of us are in that boat. Thanks for the information; I appreciate a glorious glad in bloom but 2000 are amazing to me! BTW, I'm going to try the seed thingie you suggested; H will die when he sees all the jars in the kitchen...dare I thank you?

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Katy,
I have a tiny farm stand and also sell at two farmers markets. That is
why there are 2000 plus glads...for cut flowers.
Regarding starting seeds. You can roll paper towels and keep several
in the same jar/glass, just be sure to label them and keep them moist.
Ann

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Ann,
I'm glad you found your answer. I read your post several times but didn't have a clue what to suggest; I think many of us are in that boat. Thanks for the information; I appreciate a glorious glad in bloom but 2000 are amazing to me! BTW, I'm going to try the seed thingie you suggested; H will die when he sees all the jars in the kitchen...dare I thank you?

katy
 

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Ann.....I have the very same thing for the first time ever in over 45 years of growing. I saw your post earlier and was wondering if anyone had an answer since I was experiencing the same thing. Why? Did they come in the bulbs....the thrips? What can I do to the bulbs to save them? Anything??? The bulbs I planted this year were bought from Lowe's I think. I have usually ordered mine from catalogs and saved from year to year but lost most of mine. These bulbs were planted in a separate bed from the few that I saved from last year and last year's ones were fine but ALL of these are doing exactly what yours are doing. They are ugly!!
 

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I personally think that the bulbs were infested when I got them, since
two years ago, I planted glads in the spot where this year's batch
is, and they were good.
The pathologist suggested Conserve, a microbial that MIGHT help,
but I have decided to abandon the glads, because I don't think
it will work on glads that are as advanced as mine, since the thrips
hide way down in the flowers and leaves. Next season, I will get
a few hundred, not a couple/three thousand and see if I can control
the critters before going hog wild again and having another disaster.
There are other stronger things that can be used in a preventative
spray every couple of weeks starting earlier, but I'm not interested in that.
Ann
 

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Thanks Ann. One thing about gardening........you never get so you know it all. This one was a real first for me. I think I will pitch these bulbs and just not grow any for a couple of years.
 

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But Diane, part of the problem is that IF the new bulbs come in with
thrips in them, you'll be in the same boat again...on gardenweb.com
there were some posts about dipping them in a lysol solution.
However, I can't get on that site any longer since my computer
is getting senile, so I can't check it out, nor get a dilution. The
pathologist suggested investigating a dip for the bulbs, but couldn't
give a recommendation, as I don't think there are any officially,
and he is only allowed to recommend things that are officially
labeled. If you happen to go to the gardenweb site and get a
dilution rate from one of the posters or archives, I'd appreciate
it if you'd contact me, remembering that they are all trial and error.
Thanks.
Ann
 
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