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")! :)


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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
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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
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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
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