Gladiolus Winter Storage - Knowledgebase Question

Chesterton, IN
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Question by kevnancy
November 23, 1997
I have a dozen or two gladiolus corms and do not have a
basement to store them in. The garage and shed are to cold in our climate. Where or how can I store my gladiolus corms for the winter? I have read that you can store carrots in the garage in a picnic cooler - could I do the same thing using straw for insulation?

Answer from NGA
November 23, 1997
You are looking for a temperature range of 35-40 degrees when storing gladioli corms. You could try storing them in a cooler, but rather than straw I would use dry peat moss. The environment needs to be very, very dry, so be sure both cooler and peat arecompletely dry or your corms will mildew. I would also try putting a thermometer in the cooler with the moss before you add the corms to get an idea of what the temperature is going to be.

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