Bulbs forum: Gladiolus - now or wait?

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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Oct 22, 2016 2:23 PM CST
I was gifted a number of glad bulbs that the owner had planted years ago and left in the ground in my area. Another friend had some from this last spring they forgot to plant. Everything I've seen online says not to leave them in the ground. The previous owner planted them 12-14 years ago and left them. So...can I get away with planting them now or should I really wait until spring? Also, any chance the bulbs in bag since spring are still viable?
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Oct 22, 2016 4:23 PM CST
I think that I would keep them in a cool dry place until spring.
There are a few types of gladiolius that will go through mild winters.
But most of the regular kinds will not take freezing.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Oct 29, 2016 7:24 AM CST
I agree with Caroline. I have several glads that survive winter in the ground here, but they were originally planted in spring. Marginally hardy plants often benefit from spring planting, this gives them a season to establish before winter, which often helps with winter survival.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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