May 27, 2014

Distracted by Calla Lilies

Yesterday when I read Claus Dalby's blog, he had Calla Lilies in pots. Oh, joy!
A notion was planted in my brain.

Today when we went to Florida City to the Big Box, they had calla lilies. Swoon.
I brought home a box of something I had no idea of the culture.

Pig Lilies -- I can too grow Calla Lilies.

The only Callas I've ever had were Zantedeschia aethiopica. I didn't know the difference. They never fared all that well here because of the climate but some have survived despite me with spare bloom. There are leaves on the one by the rock birdbath.

The Zantedeschia that I bought today are Hybrids. Unlike the hardy Z. aethiopica they come from the other side of Africa and have different needs. Here's what I determined:

  • I'm planting them late.
  • They want cooler weather than I can provide.
  • They need a dormant period. (I always thought Z. aethiopica went dormant. They do die back when the weather gets really hot here and again with frost.) This is a different dormant. Deciduous dormant with dry roots. 
  • Unlike Z. aethiopica, Zanthedeschia hybrids are not pig lilies and do not want to be in a bog.

Perhaps before summer is over, I'll have glorious blossoms of pink or yellow or mango or rose color, just like on the box.

My new bulbs are potted in 6" pots, watered and set outside in hopes we get a shower of rain tonight.

Have you grown Calla Lilies? Are they in bloom again?

1 comment:

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Last year, Mom gave me some after they had bloomed. They had foliage and no blooms. I saw them a couple of weeks ago blooming. I called Mom and told her. She told me that she had given them to me after they had bloomed which I did not know previously...I have them in the back of the rose garden but they are not irrigated but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw them. It is raining now, but I will see after it stops if they are still blooming.

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