Gladiolus
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Should I Take the Small Bulbs Off the Large Ones on Gladolia Corms

Zone 6 | rabbitt added on November 16, 2012 | Answered

I dug my glad corms up this year for the first time. They have a lot of little bulbs growing off them, not sure if I should leave them or clean them off. If I do pull them off can I plant the small ones this spring? Thanks

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AnnsGreeneHaus
Answered on November 17, 2012

While the new corm is forming atop the old one, small new corms called cormels or cormlets are produced from the base (Figure 2). Cormels are a chief means of propagating a certain variety of gladiolias.
Healthy corms are essential for producing vigorous plants with flowers of maximum size for each variety. A healthy corm should have smooth husks that are not discolored or damaged. The corm itself should be firm and without any dark areas or spots on the surface after the husk is removed. The base of the corm, where the old corm was removed, should be firm.
This article might help: https://questions.gardeningknowhow.com/tag/gladiolus/page/7

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