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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 10: June, 1940,   pp. [273]-304


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WISCONSIN  HORTICULTURE 
     THOUGHTS ABOUT 
          GLADIOLUS 
       Edwin H. Ristow 
  They say that time heals all things. 
If this be true, we can all look back 
on our mistakes and on our successes 
and form some opinion. It seems to 
take ages at times to get things done, 
to attain some objective. When thrips 
were first noticed some ten years 
ago, we just passed it off. We all have 
learned to have more respect for this 
insignificant looking insect since. To- 
(lay we can enjoy our superb spikes 
of glads again. But can we? Last 
year thousands of blooms of Picardv, 
our champion  of champions, were 
worthless. Perhaps our champion is on 
the way out, due to the same cause 
that has brought other varieties to 
their end in times past. It may be a 
condition of the bulb, and then again 
it may be disease. 
  There  are millions of seedlings 
grown each year. Some of these ulti- 
mately reach our gardens. Some stay 
there a year or two, and finally are 
thrown out. A few because of some 
desirable character fill our 'hearts with 
gladness, and another glad has found a 
permanent abiding place. 
  What chance have you and I to 
produce a new glad of real merit ? Just 
as much as anyone else. If we are 
good judges of real merit in seed- 
lings, and at the same time know what 
is now on the market, we can break 
through just as well as anyone else. 
The greatest problem will be to mar- 
ket it. Just a recent case of one who 
broke through is Twomey of Canada 
with his Lord Selkirk, the famous 
white. 
  I grew Myrna in 1938 under the 
name of Shirley Temple's sister. It 
(lid not bloom for me until quite 
late. I took it to the State Fair where 
it was just another white among all 
the others. It was quite floppy. Frankly 
from first appearance it was against 
it. Shirley Temple in the same row 
were wonderful. In 1939 I grew the 
sanie bulb again. Gave it no special 
attention. About a week before our 
show, a fair looking bloom opened. 1 
cut it and put it in cold storage for 
the show. At the show, the condition 
of the spike was just about the same 
as the (lay I cut it, no more florets 
had opened. The second day of the 
show it certainly was a top-notcher. 
Other spikes of Myrna were also 
s5hown at the show. I believe it to be 
one of the best new varieties introduc- 
ed in 1939. Shirley Temple has been 
fine for me the last two years. 
  Condensed from  paper given  at 
Spring Gladiolus Society meeting. 
       NEW GLADIOLUS 
         REGISTERED 
A NUMNBER of new seedling 
     gladiolus have been accept- 
ed for registration by the Ameri- 
can Gladiolus Registry, Boston, 
Mass. The registrar is J. Foster 
Cass, 10 Stafford St., Hyde Park, 
Boston. During the past three 
months the registrations include 
some of interest to \Visconsin 
growers, namely, seedlings reg- 
istered by 1Walter C. Krueger of 
Ocononmowoc. The following are 
listed by the registry: 
  No. 16. Cooney Lass-Walter 
C. Krueger, Oconomowoc, Wis- 
cousin, originator and introducer. 
No. 808; P i card y x Mildred 
Louise. Light     salmon, slight 
throat marking of deep pink; 
large decorative type, 20-inch 
flower head, 5-inch florets, six 
open, four show color, total sev- 
enteen buds. Field height fifty- 
eight inches. Bulblet production 
fair, germination good. Blooms 
in eighty days. 
  No. 17 Gem-Walter C. Krue- 
ger, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 
originator and introducer. No. 
50; Coryphee x Apricot Glow. 
Pink   xvith cream   throat and 
midribs. Medium decorative type, 
four florets wide-open and tri- 
angular; five open, three show 
c loor, total seventeen buds. Field 
height fifty-two inches. Bulblet 
production   fair, germination 
g(rod. Blooms in seventy-seven 
days. 
  Application has also been re- 
ceived from Mr. Krueger for use 
of the name Duke for a varietv-- 
(Comouander Koehl x Picardy. 
    TARTAR EMETIC FOR 
      THRIPS CONTROL 
A   NUMBER of growers have 
    reportedt success in the con- 
trol of gladiolus thrips with tar- 
tar emretic-brown sugar, spray 
recommended by the U. S. Bu- 
reau of Entomology. 
  The spray can be made of 
either 2, 3. or 4 pounds of tar- 
tar emetic, and from  8 to 16 
potinds of brown sugar for 100 
gallons of spray. If the thrips 
are bad later in the season, 4 
1pounds of tartar emetic should 
be used, btut with light infesta- 
tion, from 2 to 3 pounds will be 
sufficient. 
  It is well to remember that 
tartar emetic is a very dangerous 
poison with no known antidote. 
It was found that the tartar 
emetic alone without the sweet- 
ening of brown sugar was not 
effective. 
        Summer Meeting 
   WISCONSIN GLADIOLUS 
           SOCIETY 
 Miller's Gardens, Sun Prairie 
        Sunday, July 28 
ALL members of the Wiscon- 
    .sin Gladiolus Society should 
plan now to attend the annual 
stummer meeting of the Society 
in the beautiful gardens of Wal- 
ter Miller, Sun Prairie. In addi- 
tion to hundreds of varieties of 
gladiolus which will be in bloom 
at that time, Mr. Miller's gar- 
dens are always beautiful with 
other flowers, blooming in their 
season. He has one of the larg- 
est andI finest collections of per- 
ennial Phlox in the middle-\Vest. 
  An interesting program will be 
arranged. Bring your luncheon 
and come early. There are plenty 
of tables and a fire place. Re- 
freshnients will be furnished in 
the afternoon by the Society. 
Use Proven Safe Insecticides 
              for 
   Controlling Garden 
      and Crop Pests 
   Denis--Rotenone Products 
 Agicide Laboratories 
 4668 N. Teutonia, Milwaukee, Wis. 
     Telephone-Hilltop 7050 
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June, 1940 


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