Gladiolus Bulbs & Fall/Winter

aztomn(SE MN 4a)April 29, 2010

My six old daughter talked me into buying Gladiolus bulbs and I wanted to know if you leave them in the ground through the winter? Do they need to be stored away or is -20F for a few months just fine with them? Honestly I have no idea how ANYTHING lives through a Minnesota winter (exluding "Norwegian Bachelor Farmers")! :)


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

You will have to dig them up after first frost. Asiatic Lilies and Peonies are reliably hardy in your zone.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2010 at 1:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes, they definitely have to be dug up here - unlike the Norwegian bachelor farmers. LOL

Glads do well here - however, plant them a little deeper than the package recommends and plant them in a clump closer together than the package recommends. Nothing looks worse than a straight line of glads all flopping over because the flower stalk is so heavy.

Also - I'll suffer the slings and arrows of being lazy and non-thrifty. I don't always plant glads, but when I do I enjoy them for the season, use them as cut flowers for the house and don't dig them up or spend time and energy trying to store them. A package of glads is very inexpensive at the big box stores - the packs of Gladiolus Grandiflora come in an array of beautiful colors at Menard's, HD, Lowes, etc.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 12:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Dig them up and enjoy them next year, within a few years you will need to find a home for all the extras unless you have a lot of room.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2010 at 10:13PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
tulips - when to stop watering? how to cut?
I have two questions regarding tulips: 1. when the...
40% bulb sale on Van Engelen
in case anyone is interested.
Bought flower bulbs last year but didn't get them planted.
We bought the following spring flowering bulbs last...
What to do with tulip bulbs
Recent visitors from the Netherlands brought me 30...
Gladiolus bulbs, direct sunlight
I would like to try planting some this spring in New...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™