Growing Gladioli - Knowledgebase Question

Atlanta, GA
Question by ak_holmes
June 14, 2001
My gladioli bulbs sprouted and produced flowers, but now the flowers are passing and I don't know what to do. Should cut back the flower stalks? Will the plant bloom again?


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Answer from NGA
June 14, 2001

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Glads are spectacular when planted en mass. Each bulb or corm produces only one flower stalk, but each stalk produces several flowers which open in progression. Once the blooms are spent, the entire flower stalk should be cut down; it will not produce new flowers. Leave the foliage alone and it will wither and die down at the end of the season. After the foliage dies, you can dig your corms and store them. Gladiolus corms will produce flowers about 100 days after planting. You can prolong the blooming period by planting corms at 1-2 week intervals over a period of 4-6 weeks.

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