Just a quick question here. I'm a fairly new gardener in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, zone 5a. I recently planted some stargazer lily bulbs as well
as some glads in a bed I just put in. I'm happy to say that I'm
starting to see some sprouts come up - but I'm not sure which they are!
The sprouts are about two inches tall now, with reddish and green. Can
the stargazers should look bigger, with tufted tops and the glads will
have a thin, sword shape leaf.
Note: The stargazers will get bigger every year - mine (3 or 4 years
old)are now about 5' tall, today, and in bud. I had huge displays last
year with 11-14 blooms per stem.
The lilies will appear above ground looking much like a large asparagus
stalk, the glads will look like green blades. The lilies indeed can
appear to have some reddish coloration, especially if your nights have been
cold. This won't hurt them a bit, they are tough, and I doubt you'd be
getting frost this late so close to the ocean.
I'm not even mentioning the possibility of strong sun on new growth, as I
know perfectly d**n well that you've not seen any more SUN than I have in
the last 5 weeks ( another mouldy soul in the northeast)
The Glads will have a single stock with no leaves while the
Lily bulbs will have leaves on the stock.
For a preview of what your Stargazer Lilies will look like
take a look at this page from my web site,
I have grown them for years and the neighbors love them.
Thanks for the help all. It would appear that these are the gladiolas that
are poking their heads up. After nearly three weeks of clouds, rain and
cold, we actually had sun yesterday after, and it continued on today! As a
result of this rare warmth, three more have shown their heads above the
ground - I'm sure that in under 24 hours, I got at least an inch or two of
growth on these. I hope that my Stargazers come up too, they are such
I learned about gladiola bulb storage last year; I packed 'em up in
sand-filled sealed containers, thinking that would dry them out. I opened
them up this spring to a mess of rotten bulbs and aphids. You see, I can be
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