Re: Winterizing my Gladiolas

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Posted by Newt on September 03, 2002 at 22:56:30:

In Reply to: Winterizing my Gladiolas posted by Vera on August 28, 2002 at 10:38:41:

: I have a question. I have some gladiolas in my garden that are now dead and I was wondering what the best way would be to get them ready for winter. Do I cut them down or just let them be. I am very new to gardeing and still need to learn some things. Please help. Thank you, Vera Please email me at

Hi Vera,

It is helpful to know your hardiness zone. Most glads will overwinter in zones 6 and higher. I am in zone 7 and leave my glads in the ground for the winter. Lots of people treat them as annuals.

Here's a zip code zone finder.

You can leave them in the ground for the winter. Just cut the spent flower stalks and allow the leaves to continue to feed the corms (they are corms and not true bulbs). When the frost hits them, you can remove the leaves with a gentle tug.

Hope this helped,

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