Fall is upon us, and I'm rather new to the Autumn yard scene. My
knowledgeable father-in-law tells me I need to dig up my gladiola bulbs
before they freeze, to replant next year. I'm in Atlantic Canada, zone 5b I
think. Questions I have:
1. How do I store them? Little plastic containers in the cool basement OK?
Should I put them in some sand or something to keep them dry?
2. What about all the little bulblets that are stuck to the sides of most of
them? Pull 'em off and save them? Pitch 'em? Leave them alone to do what
Dig them up store in your basement. Let the stalks shrivel and then cut
them away. You can keep them in a net bag or in dry peat, sand, whatever.
They don't need to be kept moist.
You can save the babies over winter them same way, and plant in spring.
After two seasons you could have corms capable of supporting flowers.
By the way, when you dig up your bulbs to store them, some of the bulblets
will be left in the soil. In certain conditions, they'll sprout next season,
which may tempt you to leave the big ones in the ground next winter. Don't
do it. Don't ask me how I know this. :-)
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