What to do with children of gladioli in the fall - recommendations from experienced gardeners.
Many gardeners love and grow gladioli in the garden. Spectacular tall flowers adorn the site in the second half of summer and autumn. They are quite easy to care for, and they multiply by children (tubercles), which grow on the main tuber. Gladiolus is very convenient to reproduce children. It's simple, no special knowledge is needed. And with such reproduction of gladioli, you will definitely save the variety, and you will not need to spend money on the purchase of new planting material in the spring.
Children of gladioli grow on the main tuber, as it was already said when digging out of the tubers of gladioli and sending them for winter storage the question arises - what to do with the children of gladioli in the fall? how to store them?
Digging up and preparing children of gladioli for wintering should be followed by well-established rules.And they differ depending on whether the plants have bloomed or not. We will share with you the rules of cleaning and storing the planting material of gladioli so that flowers always bloom on your backyards!
When digging up gladiolus babes
General recommendations for calculating the day of digging of the bulbs are as follows: from the time of ripening to digging should be a month, and preferably 40 days. Therefore, if the gladiolus blossomed and was cut in early August, then the bulbs can be removed in the first days of September.
Experienced gardeners usually have many different gladioli, which bloom and are cut at different times. It’s impossible to remember the time when individual plants were cut. Therefore it is recommended to take notes.
It should be noted that for uncut plants, the term of digging is shifted by two weeks. This is due to the fact that they spend forces on flowering, so the formation of children slows down.
In most regions of Russia, children of gladiolus can be dug up by September 15. It may turn out that some of them are still unripe. It even plays into the hands of gardeners. As not formed tubers are difficult to separate. And their color is gray.While the mature tuber has a dark brown shade and is freely separated from the "parent". Therefore, it is easy to sort the planting material.
What to do with children of gladioli in the fall
Wait for the warm and sunny weather to dig up the kids. Use for this relies scoop with a rigid handle. It is good to sift the soil, so that there are no small bulbs left in it. If they remain, litter the soil.
So, kids gladioli dug up, what to do with them next? Perform pruning and processing. To do this, the following work:
- remove the stem as close as possible to the tuber;
- tear the old onion from the new ones, for this you have to press it with your thumb;
- cut the roots;
- rinse the kids in the sieve.
How to store kids gladiolus
Now you need to properly dry the planting material. If the children are raw, then the risk of the development of rot and the defeat of all the children increases. To prevent it, you should pickle gladioli.
Then put them in a room with a temperature of about 25-30 degrees Celsius. There they are supposed to be left for two weeks. Then move them to room temperature.Where kids should stay for a month.
The advice of experienced gardeners to beginners: it is better to overdry planting material. The quality will not suffer from this, while reducing the chance of losing all the bulbs of gladioli. Gladiolus what to do with the kids next?
It remains only to lay them in winter storage. For this purpose, suitable dry basement. The conditions in it must meet the requirements necessary gladioli. That is, the temperature in it should not rise above 9 ºС and fall below 0 ºС. Although the optimal range is from 5 to 7 degrees. And the humidity in the room should be maintained no higher than 60%.
In the absence of a basement, the coolest place in an apartment or house will do. Some gardeners choose a window sill for this, under which there are no radiators.
Once a month it is recommended to inspect tubers. This is necessary in order to identify the bulbs that are rotten or diseased at an early stage.
And finally, some tips:
Once the questions have been clarified, when to dig up gladioli and how to store children, something may remain unclear. To fill the lack of information will help such tips.
- Purchase bulbs only of those varieties that are designed for a particular climate.
- Fully roots cut in small children. They need only a little trim.
- You do not need to postpone much digging gladioli. So kids will mature well, but bad weather can greatly affect storage.
- In containers with gladioli it is recommended to put sliced garlic cloves. This will prevent the development of pathogenic microorganisms. Garlic is recommended to change from time to time.