The Q&A Archives: Gladiolus

Question: When should I dig up the gladiola bulbs in the fall, what month, and how should I store them for the winter?

Answer: In the fall (September or October) the corms should be dug up for winter storage. Clean them and break off the tops and bottoms. Dry them for a week in a cool (35-40 degrees), dark, dry, frostproof area. After drying, store them in the same type of environment (be sure its an area that little critters can't get to them for a snack!). They will be ready for planting in the spring. One tip - try not to plant Gladiolus in the same spot for several years in a row. A new location every year helps to assure a healthy and vigorous crop.

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