The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Gladiolus

Question: I have glad bulbs that have been in the ground for two years without digging them up and they are so heavy that they are coming up out of the ground and falling over they little corms all over them. I live in zone 6 and haven't dug them up because it doesn't get that cold in the winter here. Would I be able to transplant them now or wait until fall, they are through blooming.

Answer: In your climate it isn't necessary to dig and store glads, but you can dig and divide in the fall. Remove the little bulblets and plant them separately - they'll flower in a few years. If you do decide to dig and store, then replant in the spring, here's how to go about it:

In the fall 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 Gladioli 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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