How to Transplant a Gladiolus

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How to Transplant a Gladiolus
Grow gladioli for their bright splashes of summer colour. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Gladiolus is a bright-blooming flower that is especially attractive when planted as clusters. Gladioli have long-lived blooms that do well as cut flowers. The plants typically flower from the middle of summer until the first frost; you can stagger the plantings so that they do not all bloom at once. Transplanting a gladiolus means moving the corm from one location to another. Plant your gladiolus corm in a spot with excellent drainage and full sunlight for the best blooming. Add a layer of mulch to keep the weeds down and retain moisture.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Dish
  • Trowel
  • Paper bag

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    Transplanting From Indoors

  1. 1

    Start the corms in mid-April. Place them in a shallow dish filled with 1/4 inch of water.

  2. 2

    Place the dish on a windowsill with bright, filtered sunlight. This allows the corm to start germinating.

  3. 3

    Plant the corms in the ground, each with its growing tip up, when the weather warms. Bury each corm 5 to 8 inches deep and about five inches apart. If the growing tip is less than 5 inches tall, bury it completely, but take care not to harm the delicate tip.

    Transplanting From the Garden

  1. 1

    Wait until the blooms are dead after the growing season.

  2. 2

    Dig up the corms with a trowel.

  3. 3

    Clean the excess dirt from the corms, but do not wash them with water.

  4. 4

    Place the corms in a paper bag. Leave them in a cool, dry place over the winter, until the first leaves are on the trees in the spring.

  5. 5

    Plant the corms in the ground, growing tips up, when the weather warms. Bury each corm between 5 and 8 inches deep. Space the corms five inches apart. Bury the entire growing tip if it's less than 5 inches tall, but be careful not to harm the delicate tip.

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