Forcing calla lillies?

southern willamette , OR(Zone 7a)

I'm not sure if I should ask this here or over in perennials, but I thought maybe here since lillies can be forced.

I know that I've seen calla lilles forced to bloom (indoors of course) around christmas or just some time in the winter. I have a calla lily 'Black Forest' that has lived outside for the last two years, in a pot, and did bloom this summer. I brought it inside before it froze a few days ago. Anyhow, I would like to know how to force it to bloom inside this winter, if possible. I have not done any "forcing" before. Does anyone have suggestions or experiences forcing calla lillies to bloom inside in the winter?? I would love any thoughts. Thanks so much.

southern willamette , OR(Zone 7a)

Here's a picture of the one in question. It's sort of hiding, but you can see the bloom of it there.

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Southern, WI(Zone 5a)

Very nicely landscaped redchic01, the colors and textures are beautiful. I have no idea how to force callas, just so you don't think I am ignoring you ;)

Hopefully someone will chime in who can help. It's just not me.

southern willamette , OR(Zone 7a)

Thanks for chiming in Magnolia! In that pic I'm trying to decide where I want to put the chamaecyparis tree, normally not that crowded there. Thanks for not Ignoring!! :-p

spokane valley, WA(Zone 5a)

Calla lilies need a few weeks of rest before they will grow again, I am not sure how many but I have to dry mine inside and them put them out in a dark, cold (not frozen) shed or they grow too much to sell in the spring. I advise to keep them inside either potted or bare, if potted keep dry, until they start to push a bud. If you can get some GA3, gibberellin, treat them with 500-1,000 ppm (10 minute soak or drench) and it will greatly enhance bloom. JL Hudson sell small quantities for seed starting-
For all you lily addicts out there, GA3 never made any difference on lilies, at least not at 500 ppm.

southern willamette , OR(Zone 7a)

Thanks so much for the info buggycrazy. I really appreciate it. I have had extremely little success in finding info on the matter. Out of curiousity.... do you by chance someone who grows lilies? The name bugycrazy sounds familiar and I once thought that I was referred to someone in lebanon for an odd lily/daylily. Or maybe you were the one who referred me? :-p

Lincoln, NE(Zone 5b)

That would be THE buggycrazy that we all know and love dearly!

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