The Q&A Archives: Gladiolus

Question: I have gladiolus bulbs... what do you do with them over the winter months? Take them out of the gound and store them or leave them in the ground for the winter?

Answer: 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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