Gladiolus are tough bulbs, in addition to being one of the easiest bulbs to plant and enjoy throughout the summer. Plant gladiolus, whose bulbs need to be brought up in winter months, with tips from an experienced gardener in this free video on flower bulb gardening.
Hi, I'm Jessica Smith, and I work for Blands Nursery in West Jordan, Utah, and today we're talking about how to plant flower bulbs. Right now we're going to discuss gladiolus. Gladiolus are one of the easiest bulbs that you can plant and enjoy throughout the summer. The thing with gladiola bulbs are, there's a few things that are a little different than there is with, that there are with other types of bulbs. First off, they do need to be brought up and stored throughout the winter months. A lot of people will leave their gladiola bulbs down in the soil throughout the winter months. This really isn't good an a gladiola; it's not that they won't come back, they're a little tougher than other types, but what that can do is actually encourage a lot of disease and everything. So it's really best if you pull up your gladiola bulbs each fall. Now, how to plant the gladiola in the springtime, you're going to plant a gladiola bulb not quite as early as you do other types of bulbs. Wait until you're actually planting like your sweet corn, and you're going to basically plant it the same way. You're going to plant them about every two weeks. This way this will extend the bloom in the area with your bulbs. You going to go just like though anything else, the diameter, the width of that bulb, you're going to go two times down. So we'll go twice as wide. There's your top level, and then there's your other level. Now, gladiolus can get top heavy, so right before they bloom, you might want to pile a little bit of soil just up around the foliage itself. Don't do this with other types of plants, it can actually suffocate them. Gladiolus is an exception right here. It'll come up with the big stalks of flowers that you can use in cut arrangements and that. After it's done blooming on the top, and those flowers begin to wither a little bit, go ahead and cut that stalk, that flower stalk off. You're going to want to let everything just kind of rejuvenate back down to the soil. You want to lift that bulb just like you would anything else for the wintertime. Go ahead, you're going to let the tops die down naturally on the gladiola bulb. Lift them up, let them air dry for a few weeks out in a shady, kind of cool area location, not out in the full sun. After they've dried out, kind of wash them up a little bit and then let them dry for a few more days. They'll actually get a hard little coat on them. I just pulled these up out of the ground, so they don't have that little hard coat yet on them. And you're going to store it just like you would a garlic bulb or anything like that, in a perforated bag, mesh bag's a little bit, or in an old pair of pantyhose down in a cool, dry location. Don't store these in peat moss or vermiculite like you would other bulbs, just store them loose and let them hang down in a dry location where it's about 45 to 55 degrees. And then go ahead and plant them back in the spring.