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Lilies: Calla LiliesCulture and hardiness?

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tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 25, 2011
2:23 AM

Post #8653106

Hi, lily-lovers,

I'm wondering if anyone here grows Calla Lilies?? If so, maybe you can give me some tips...

I would like to grow a few callas along my front walk. I want to choose the type that are likely to survive our winters but I don't know which are the hardiest.

I do have a few callas I planted three or four years ago that come back (somewhat) so I know Callas can survive here if given the right growing conditions (maybe not 'thrive' though).

Does anyone have experience with growing them in colder areas?

Thanks. t.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8655124

Tabasco, I wish I could be more helpful. I grow callas, and I was moving the bulbs in my car in sub freezing weather. I left some of them in my car for days while the temps went below 20. I then said, what the heck, and planted them anyway. 90% of them survived. I have noticed that some of them are sprouting weeks after the first ones in their little pots. It may indicate that they can recover from partial damage.

And I do recall a conversation with someone in zone 5b who left them in the ground over the winter, and they thrived. I remember being shocked. But I'm not sure I am remembering the zone correctly.

And it may have to do with cultivar. I have the basic white and Crystal Blush. The multiply like rabbits. It started out with 6 bulbs and now I have at least that many in each of 10 pots.
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2011
5:54 AM

Post #8659459

Well, Donna, that's pretty good information~~thank you!

That gives me confidence to try more of them.

DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 28, 2011
6:43 AM

Post #8659581

Cool!

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