Gladiolus Bulb Harvest
First off; I wanted to say thank you for all the love and support you all have given to our company here! It means a lot to see a community come out and support a local business as you all have done for us. Over the Summer, we got lots of videos and photos of people raving about our Gladiolus Field.
Due to this, we are opening up our field to the community for our first-ever Gladiolus Bulb Harvest taking place from October 10th, 2022 to October 16th, 2022. The Gladiolus Bulb Harvest will be supporting local non-profit organizations as a way to say thanks, and give back to a community that has been supportive of us and our endeavors. This fundraising opportunity has two options available; one is to come and dig up bulbs for $0.50 each, on behalf of an organization, to which the proceeds will be donated to the organization. A second option is to come and dig up as many bulbs as you like for free; in this case, individual "diggers" can decide what to do with the bulbs such as, reselling them or planting them.
Open to the General Public!! Save the Plant for Many Seasons to Come!! :)
How To Dig Bulbs
To dig the bulbs, you only need a garden fork or a spade. When digging, you should make sure to dig far away enough to where you don't damage the corms. Next, you will grab the plant with its dried leaves and shake it gently to remove any loose dirt. You may see mini corms on the bottom - these are baby corms :), that will grow into full-sized plants in a couple of years!!
How to Store Over The Winter
To prep your bulbs for the Winter, it is best to let them sit out in the sun for two days to dry. Transfer the corms into a cardboard box in a warm dry place with good air circulation at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit to completely dry out for about two weeks.
Now you're going to inspect your corms; as mentioned previously on some, you will notice the baby corms on the bottom. You will remove them and separate them from the corm when putting them away in storage. You will notice that a new corm will grow over the older corm! When you notice this you can separate the corms and discard the older ones.
Always check your corms for rotting! This is key in storing your corms and preserving them for the winter. Before the final storage, if you inspect your corms and find that they have soft spots or mushy places - then discard them. Finally, dust the corms with anti-fungal powder before putting them away.
In essence, keep the corms in an environment they would likely experience while outside. Keeping them in a dark, cool dry environment of around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Great places for this would be a Vegetable drawer in a fridge, a garage, or a basement!
Now that we've taught you, What are y'all waiting for!! Grab a shovel, put on your boots, and join us from October 10th, 2022 to October 16th, 2022. Happy Gardening!!!