Digging Up Gladiola Corms: How To Store Gladiolus For The Winter
The first thing to note is that there are two types of gladiolus bulbs: those that grow underground and those that grow above ground. You will need both kinds if you want to plant them in your garden or even indoors. If you don’t have either kind, then it’s not going to work because they won’t germinate properly when planted together.
If you live in a climate where the soil temperature is cold enough to keep gladiolus bulbs alive (around -10°C), then you can plant them directly into the ground. They’ll survive just fine, but they won’t grow very well. If you’re lucky, maybe they’ll get some frost damage and die, but chances are it won’t work out for you.
What’s worse than having no hope of growing these plants is having to dig up their roots!
Gladiolus bulbs are succulents, so they require warm temperatures to thrive. These plants grow best in a place with at least a few inches of soil. Soil temperature must be around 30°C or warmer for them to survive.
You can buy ready-made containers that hold gladiolus bulbs from nurseries, but they’re expensive and you have to buy all the necessary materials yourself. You could try making your own containers instead!
The container should have at least 2.5 gallons of soil for every gladiolus bulb.
If the container is too big, you can divide it into several smaller containers using a grid made from wire. Stick the wire into the container a few inches apart so that you have several holes. Then, place gladiolus bulbs into each hole.
After that, fill up the remaining gaps with soil.
The container should be placed in a spot where the soil stays between 15°C and 25°C. Make sure that other plants and trees don’t block sunlight from reaching it. When the foliage starts to grow, lower the position of the container to allow more light to reach the bottom of the foliage.
This will cause the bulbs to produce blooms on top of the bulb instead of underneath it.
Once the blooms fade, move the container to a spot where there’s at least 5 hours of sunlight every day. The temperature should be around 15°C. If you can’t achieve these conditions, you may have to keep moving the containers every few days.
This process is time-consuming and inconvenient, so try your best to keep the bulbs in an area that has stable temperatures.
You can also use an indoor grow light to provide the necessary levels of full-spectrum lighting. You can set up the container on a table, mount it on a stand, or even hang it from the ceiling.
Keep adding more soil as the gladiolus bulbs grow. Make sure there’s always 2.5 cm between the top of the soil and the bottom of the bulb.
This will ensure that the roots have enough nutrients and can breathe properly.
If you want to start growing your gladiolus bulbs now, just head to the nearest nursery or garden center. You should be able to get everything you need there. If not, try another store or look online.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, you may have to order your supplies directly from the supplier.
Make sure to follow all care instructions included with your supplies!
Once everything has been prepared, it’s time to plant your bulbs!
You can do this by hand or use a tool such as a bulb planter to do the heavy lifting for you.
1. Dig a hole in the soil using a trowel.
The hole should be deep enough to cover most of the bulb and wide enough to accommodate it without touching its sides.
2. Once you’ve dug out a hole, place the gladiolus bulb into it, pointed side up.