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by Ed Mellor on September 06, 2004 10:56 PM
My gladiolas grew to a hight of 6 feet and each corm produced 3 or 4 flower spikes, is this normal?

Do I have to wait ontill the leaves wither to dig them up?
by Jiffymouse on September 06, 2004 11:22 PM
hi ed, welcome to the garden helper. to anwer your question, yes and yes.

healthy glads will send up more than one flower spike, and while i have never had them 6 feet tall, i have had them close to 4.

the reason for letting the leaves die back before digging them up is to give the corm a chance to store all the needed nutrients for next year's blooms. that is how bulbs and corms and rizomes do it.

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