Digging out the bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

San Francisco, CA
Question by veradon
August 17, 2007
I have one more question. I have hyacinth, dafadils and gladiolus bulbs. I have been digging them out every year and re-planting. I do not want to digged them out any more. Are these bulbs going to be okay if I leave them alone or will they die out? My gladiolus's are doing horrible this year. They are coming up with rust. What should I do? Help. Thanks Vera

Answer from NGA
August 17, 2007


You don't need to dig and replant your bulbs every year. In fact, if you leave them in the ground they will multiply and naturalize an area. As long as your soil drains well, the bulbs will be just fine in the ground.

Rust of gladiolus foliage can be controlled with a preventative fungicide in early spring. Be sure to cut and remove affected foliage in the fall and then spray the foliage as it emerges in the spring.

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