Yes, it is recommended to soak Monica gladiolus bulbs before planting them. Soaking the bulbs helps to speed up the germination process and encourages healthy root growth. It also allows the bulbs to absorb moisture, which helps to prevent them from drying out during the initial stages of growth.
To soak the bulbs, simply place them in a container filled with lukewarm water for a few hours before planting. However, it is important not to soak the bulbs for too long, as this can lead to rotting. Typically, soaking the bulbs for 2 hours is sufficient before planting.
Although soaking can be beneficial, it is not a must to do. It can be a good thing when your Gladiolus bulbs look dry, otherwise it is not per se necessary.