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What should I do with my gladioli now?

Novice gardener here!

I have a few gladioli planted in a raised bed which have recently finished flowering. I saw some advice that I should cut back the stem (but not the leaves) when the flower has died off which I did and now the leaves are beginning to turn yellow.  As more of the leaves begin to turn yellow and die  should I then cut back the stem and leaves and leave the bulb in the bed over winter or should I just do that now? 

Thanks for your help!


  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 326
    I leave mine to die back naturally. The bulb gets fed through the leaves so you get a better dispay next year by leaving them alone. 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,290
    They are not reliably hardy in some of the UK, so the bulbs should be dug up and stored some where frost free until next Spring.
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