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Jakometes
Perth
Australia
(Zone 11)

March 19, 2013
3:21 PM

Post #9455089

Hi Guys,

I was referred to this forum by another lovely member who helped me identify this little plant as Taro.

I was now wondering what type of Taro this is. I did read somewhere that not all Taro is edible.

Also, what is the optimum growing conditions for them? Do they prefer acidic, alkaline or neutral soil? Full shade, part shade or full sun?

Thanks a million,

Jakometes

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homer1958
Huntersville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 20, 2013
3:43 AM

Post #9455522

Zantedeschia, (Calla Lilly).
Jakometes
Perth
Australia
(Zone 11)

March 20, 2013
4:26 AM

Post #9455543

Hi Drew,

Just another quick question.

So was I misinformed about it being Taro? This is the Easter Lilly, right?

Kind regards,

Jake & Jahna
homer1958
Huntersville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 20, 2013
1:45 PM

Post #9456143

Calla Lilly, Jake! Google it and you will imediately recognize it!
Filtered sun, rich well drained moist soil,. and it will rock!
homer1958
Huntersville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 25, 2013
3:00 PM

Post #9461685

Jake,

Zantedeschia aethiopica to be exact!


Drew
Jakometes
Perth
Australia
(Zone 11)

March 25, 2013
7:10 PM

Post #9461959

Awesome!

Thanks Drew...
homer1958
Huntersville, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 26, 2013
4:27 AM

Post #9462158

yep!

dyzzypyxxy

dyzzypyxxy
Sarasota, FL
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2013
6:43 AM

Post #9462308

Jake, Jahna the Calla lily http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/768/ is not the same as Easter lily - that one is actually a member of the Lily family http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1026/ . They have a scaly bulb, and the leaves are small and straight and whorled all up the stem. Also Easter lily flowers are fragrant and Callas aren't. But Callas are superior as garden plants because they keep blooming for a long season in cool weather, and Easter lilies only bloom for a couple of weeks then they are done for the year.

Here's my big clump of Callas and a flower. They bloom in the cool weather here, fall winter spring. Go dormant in summer. Like tons of water - in fact I've grown them with the bottom of the pot in my pond, but they don't bloom there. Nice foliage, though.

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Jakometes
Perth
Australia
(Zone 11)

March 27, 2013
12:22 AM

Post #9463473

Hi Dyzzy!
Thank you very much for your information! We also have ours sitting in a self watering tray.

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