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Martin Witchard M.Witchard at botany.uq.edu.au
Wed Jun 23 21:35:45 EST 1999



SHAWN RILEY 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!
> help

Hi Shawn,

It depends on the climate you're in. Gladiolus are perennials but can have
troubles in a) very cold climates b) very wet/humid climates. I live in the
equivalent of  Zone 8 and recieve frosts in winter. The 'glads' are happy -
they re-emerge every spring and put on a glorious show. The only other reason
you'd want to dig them up is to divide them when they get overcrowded. So, no,
don't bother digging them up where you are - they seem fine as they are!

Martin.





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