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Beverly Erlebacher bae at cs.toronto.edu
Wed Jun 23 11:35:13 EST 1999

In article <7kp8td$rru$1 at bgtnsc01.worldnet.att.net>,
SHAWN RILEY <shawn.riley at worldnet.att.net> wrote:
>Are gladiolus perennials?
>I haven't dug mine up for 2 years and they come back, but some people tell
>me they are suppose to be dug up!

It depends on where you live.  Many people grow gladiolus in areas where
they will freeze and die if left in the ground.  In warmer climates, this
isn't necessary.  Yes, they are perennials, that's why you can replant the
corms. :-)

Sometimes if you grow a plant in a protected area (e.g. very near a heated
building, where heat seeping from the foundation keeps the soil warmer than
elsewhere) or you have an unusually mild winter, or one with a lot of snow 
insulating the ground, plants that are really perennials but are grown as 
annuals in cold climates will overwinter.

I had snapdragons overwinter a couple of years ago.  Big surprise in my

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