Removing Gladiola Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Waltham, MA
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Question by Dede_Reade
August 31, 2000
Everything I've read on your Questions & Answers section with regarding to gladiolas indicates that they have to be dug
up and stored in the fall and replanted in the spring. So
if I leave the bulbs in the ground does that mean they will
not come back the next year? I'm a lazy gardener who does
not want to have to constantly be digging things up and
replanting! I also assume this means one does not plant the
bulbs in the fall?

Answer from NGA
August 31, 2000
The reason for digging and storing is that tender bulbs such as gladiola and dahlia can freeze and turn to mush if left in the ground. That's why they are planted in the spring after danger of frost is past. You might prefer bulbs that can stay in the ground, such as daffodil and tulips.

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