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Gladiolus bulbs in winter

wandbwandb Posts: 12

Hi , i live north of Inverness on the coast, would I be able to get away with covering my Gladiolus bulbs with mulch for the winter or do they need to be dug up and stored? 



  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,264

    I would dig them up.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,155

    I would too. They really don't survive up here in the ground unless you're in a very sheltered location (mainy south west Scotland) with really free draining soil. You could risk it but I think it would be best to lift them.

    How is Inverness today?  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Dig them up, dry them for about a week . And store them in a cool dark frost free place. Either put them in a leg cut out from a pair of tights. Or the bag satsumas come in

  • wandbwandb Posts: 12

    Thanks everybody, digging up today.


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Wandb are you talking about gladiolus or gladioli? Gladiolus are hardy in the UK gladioli aren't.

  • wandbwandb Posts: 12

    Hi Dave, good question. We moved into the house about 3 months ago, so not sure about a lot of the plants, we assume they are Gladiolus, is there an easy way to tell?

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    They're very different flowers, gladioli are usually large flowered showy blooms whereas gladiolus are smaller but equally pretty. If you google them and look at the images you'll immediately spot the difference. 

  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427

    Hoping my gladioli will be ok in the ground over winter, we are in norfolk? This is one of my blooms this year, love it..


  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

     If you love it, - dig it up, dry it and replant in the Spring - they are not reliable in the ground in Norfolk, (where my son gardens too), and there can be some pretty hard winter weather there.  

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