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calla lily tuber

Posted by nancyk4 6 pa (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 28, 12 at 16:40

I just spent the last half hour trying to figure out where to post a question for calla lilies. decided on this forum. anyway I was given a calla lily tuber and I have no idea how to plant it. I cannot tell what should go up and what should go down into the soil. the bulb looks like a short goal post with two short vertical posts and a horizontal crossbar. I am assuming the posts go downward into the ground with the crossbar above the 2 posts. either way it just doesn't seem right. please help.

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RE: calla lily tuber

See if this helps...

Here is a link that might be useful: How to plant calla lilys

RE: calla lily tuber

When in doubt, just lay it on its side. It will still grow normally even if planted upside down, but that's not good for anyone. :)

RE: calla lily tuber

Ah, I never mess with "righting" many bulbs/roots/tubers such as callas. I tend to plant a LOT of them, such as the time I bought 2000 daffodils, and I often just plant bulbs by trenching, pouring in, and covering. They right themselves quite quickly in the ground through root and stem action. You really won't hurt it if it does end up wrong side up. But, the best advice was above -- if you can't tell, plant it on its side.

RE: calla lily tuber

Callas tend to sprout roots from the sides as well as the bottom of the bulb. There's often no obvious 'down' as there is with a daffodil, for example. No root plate, as such.

In the ground, they often dig themselves deeper than you planted them so be sure your soil is deeply loosened.

Agree. Plant on its side. And, if you have only one bulb for this season, no worries. They bulk up reasonably quickly.

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