Gladiolus - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Charlotte Stetson
Philadelphia, PA
Question by cmstet
July 21, 1999
When should I dig up the gladiola bulbs in the fall, what month, and how should I store them for the winter?

Answer from NGA
July 21, 1999


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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