Hi. I bought a number of very nice glads in a coop last year and grew them in containers -- they did beautifully! -- but now, I am moving to another place, just up the road so climate and all will be quite similar.
My question is, as in the new place I will have plenty of room to put things in the actual ground, and since I do not want to have to move huge tubs of soil where I can avoid it, is it feasible to lift up these glads and store them somehow over the winter and relocate in the ground come spring?
The method I am thinking would be to lift them, let them dry a bit, then pack them loosely in some dry cocoa coir... put in a bag, stick them in the garage or something.
Anyone have any experience doing this?
Is my idea of how to do it likely to work, or is there something I'm not taking in to account?
You have the right Idea. Here is my suggestion dig up the corms and break or cut off tops. Place corms in a dry location where the won't freeze, outside in the sun is fine for a week or two, by then the old corm and roots at the bottom should separate. You may store in a cool well ventilated place for the winter. It is not necessary to pack them in a media such as peat as air movement will keep them from molding.
Glads will overwinter if the corms do not freeze in the ground. They may tend to get crowded and blooms may be smaller but we have had good success in Northern Washington by mulching and we are usually blessed? with a snow cover which helps prevent the ground freezing.
For the largest blooms and the opportunity to control disease better the first method is probably better. It never hurts to try something different. Good luck and we will toot the horn as we go through Weed on our way south for a few months.
Thanks so much, that is reassuring, as because I am moving I had to go ahead and do something, then after the fact thought, duh, google it why dontchoo, so then that page said do not cut off foliage before the dry-out stage, but oh well already had cut most off (down to around four inches of a "handle") Most foliage had died but a a few were still green but the timing of this move is totally not "garden friendly"! in many ways so oh well.
But I did get the info about storing loose and not in the medium, so thanks for the confirm.
I do think once I get these in the ground they will winter over, just have to get there. ;-)
so much to do, moving a garden, pant pant pant...
anyway, they are sitting in here drying happily and at some point will go in just a paper bag and live over winter in the new garage probably and then, we shall see!
I'll listen for your toot, LOL!
I lift my glads every fall. A trick I use is to dig a large area out were I want to plant them. Lay down some 1 inch plastic screening and then plant the glads. over it. When I go to remove them, the bulbs all come up eaily when I life the screening. The plastic stuff comes in rolls and is cheap.
thanks all, I did find what I needed by googling, actually, my glads are lifted and awaiting their next entrance.
mstish, as for me, I will never willingly put plastic in the soil. Given what plastic has done to our oceans, etc etc, no way jose. I much prefer to work my soil to a quality that lifting, weeding, and planting are as easy as good soil makes those tasks. I view the soil as this planet's living skin and believe that it needs to be open to natural processes all the way down. I am not interested in interfering with that for the sake of my own convenience.