Gladiolus - Knowledgebase Question

Chagrin Falls, Oh
Question by hptackova
October 25, 2010
Hello, would you, please, tell me how to prepare Gladiolus for winter? I have them first year, they still have green leaves. Should I cut them? How much? Covered? I want to see them next year again. Thank you, Hana


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Answer from NGA
October 25, 2010

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Your gladiolus corms should overwinter without much trouble. Wait until frost kills the foliage, then cut it off at ground level. Mound 4-5 inches of organic matter over the top of the soil to help insulate the ground. You can use pine boughs, pine needles, straw, shredded leaves, or compost as a thick mulch. Brush or rake away the mulch in the early spring and your glads will send up new foliage and flowers. Good luck with your glads.

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