What are these on this gladiolus blub?

Asked October 7, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

This came in our office today the owner thinks it may be a disease. It looks like it may be corms but I'm not sure.

Luce County Michigan

1 Response

These appear to be “baby” corms called “cormels”.

  • Use a spade and dig up the entire plant, grasping the top to pull it out of the soil. Avoid bruising or injuring corms while digging. Shake off all loose soil and discard damaged corms. Cut the stalk within 1 inch above the corm. Save the small cormels separately if you so desire.

  • Allow the corms to dry in the Sun for 1 or 2 days if the weather agrees. Sift out excess soil and place corms in wooden flats or trays. Cure ina warm and airy location for 2 weeks (at a temperature of 80-85°F). Remove and throw away the oldest bottom corms (from the base of the new one).

  • Dust freshly dug, clean corms with a fungicide ("bulb dust") to avoid disease problems. Place dust and bulbs or other structures in a paper sack and shake vigorously.

  • Store the large, new corms in paper boxes, open paper bags, cloth bags, wooden trays with screen bottoms, or old onion sacks. Stack or hang the containers so air can move among them. Store the corms at 35 to 45°F in low humidity. A cool basement is quite suitable. Do not
    allow corms to freeze.

  • Replant these corms in the spring for another year of beautiful blooms.

    Hope this was helpful. Feel free to contact us again if you have further questions.