Gladioli Care - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
Question by tomandmary55
September 9, 2001
Can I cut my gladiolas back now that they are finished flowering, or should I let the foliage die back on its own, like I do with my daffodils?

Answer from NGA
September 9, 2001


Underground corms are the storage organs for glads so it's best to allow the foliage to die back on its own before removing it. This will allow the transfer of the maximum amount of energy from the leaves to the corms, resulting in larger flower spikes next year. Leave the foliage alone until it withers, then remove it from the garden.

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