Gladiolus in Florida - Knowledgebase Question

West Palm Beach, FL
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Question by persy
April 2, 1998
Can gladiolla bulbs be planted in southern Florida and what is the procedure. Do they have to be dug up or if left in the ground will the bulbs bloon continously?

Answer from NGA
April 2, 1998
Gladiolas do well in your area and can be planted any month of the year. However, gladiolas do better grown in the winter in South Florida so planting in Novemebr or December is best. They will bloom three months after planting. Plant in full sun. Soil should be amended with organic matter at planting time. Corms should be dug when foliage begins to yellow. Dry in a ventilated place for a week and then clean the corms of tops, exhausted mother corms, cormels, roots and soil. Store corms in a cool(50F) place.

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