How to store gladiolus bulbs, or corms the best until spring?

I know that gladiolus bulbs, or corms, aren’t hardy through frozen winter months, so it is better to dig them up and store them until spring. But how do you do it? Do you have any secrets how to store  gladioli bulbs the best? Thank you for your answers.

Doctor Asked on October 3, 2016 in Gardening.
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    Usually I dig out gladiolus bulbs, or corms in the first part of October and dry them out. Then I put heavy paper on the bottom of the wooden box and put one row of gladioli bulbs in it. Then I put dry mint leaves on top of the bulbs, then the new row of gladioli corms. So, all rows of the gladioli bulbs should be between the dry mint leaves. Essential oil in the dry mint leaves prevents the bulbs to sprout and don’t allow molds and other microorganisms to grow. At the end, I cover the top row of bulbs with the heavy paper and store them in the basement until spring.

    Vice Professor Answered on October 6, 2016.
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