Saving calla lily tubers

linnea56(z5 IL)October 13, 2009

IÂm growing these for the first time, in pots. I read here (somewhere) that they get bigger and better every year. These (from HD) were a bit of a disappointment: hardly any flowers, but very lush shiny leaves. I planted maybe 3 tubers per large pot of mixed annuals, and only had maybe 1 flower per pot. Maybe the next year they will be better for having grown bigger. They were both pink and purple varieties, if that makes a difference. Are the white ones more floriferous?

IÂd like to save these and give them a second try. We had a light frost and the leaves are not mushy, but laying down and flopping over in the pots. Would this be the right time to dig them up?

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I'm started my calla lilies in pots this year but only one bloom still trying to figure out what I need to do to improve that. However, I can tell you that yes the bulbs will get bigger. I had a couple that I had to destroy the plastic pots to get them out. Next year will use bigger pots.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 5:00AM
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I've had my callas for about 7 years now and they have multiplied well. We had a very rainy summer and my white ones did well this year, the others not so much. I have pink and purple as well and they usually all put on a great show.

Dig them up now! I dig mine up as soon as they're done blooming each year. Let them dry out, cut off the foliage and store them in a box in soil in the basement. They've come back year after year through a few different houses and gardens.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 6:18PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Thanks! Store in dry soil so they don't sprout?

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 9:29PM
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I always use dry soil. And I try to lay them out in the sun for a couple of days to really dry them out before storing. Good luck, they really do make beautiful flowers!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2009 at 11:29AM
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I used to grow calla lilies in a large, self-watering tub. At the end of the season, I would let the tub dry out, then I would store it in a dark, dry, cool area. I did not water over the winter. My only problem was remembering to drag the tub out in the spring. A few time, I was late and the tubers sprouted in the dark. The shoots were white, but they greened up once I moved the tub outside into the light.

I lived in south-east Pennsylvania at the time, and I had a few callas that self seeded near the patio; those plants over wintered well for several years.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 10:04PM
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