I'm in Missouri, zone 5, and this grass-like growth came up next to my
gladiolas this spring. At least, I thought it was grass until I went to
remove it, then I discovered lots of tiny little 'bulbs'. What is this
stuff? Are they baby glads? It's not growing around any of the others.
Dawn! Congratulations - break out the cigars. You are the proud parent of
lots of baby glads. They sometimes survive the winter. Not only is this a
sign of good luck, but it's also a clue to the location of a mini-climate in
your yard where you might get away with planting other things that
theoretically aren't supposed to survive the winter. Were these near the
house foundation or big stones?
Great! Yes, I planted them on the west side of the garage last year,
several inches deeper than suggested, in the hopes they would survive. I
love glads, but it's supposed to be too cold for them here. It also
helped that we had an extremely mild winter.
Will the babies be the same color as the parent plant? Sorry if that
sounds like a stupid question. I've never had glads spawn before. The
bulbs I bought are a random mix, and I have no idea what colors I got. I
was trying to inject color into a very drab yard. I just hope I didn't
kill too many of them by digging in them.
Yes, they'll be the same color. They split off from the larger bulbs, which
is an example of vegetative reproduction. (George Bush's kids are another
example). There's no funny business going on with the chromosomes.
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