Growing Calla Lilies forum: Moving Callas outside

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lakesidecallas
Mar 27, 2010 10:09 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I looked at the long range forecast, and the weather looked good, so I started to move all my Aethiopica pots outside. They were very happy, got a little rain and sun.
Of course, after 2 days our cold night that was SUPPOSED to be 38 degrees changed to 32 instead. I hauled all the rare ones back in the greenhouse and covered the rest. Luckily they all made it through the night OK.

When is spring going to be here????? Grumbling
Imagegardenersdetective
May 11, 2010 7:29 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
My girlfriend just sent me a picture of the callas she bought from Lowes for $15. Can hardly wait to start seeing some foliage emerge from the pot. Hope mine look this good. Temps this week low 50's high 70's. I think we are just about finished with cool weather here.

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lakesidecallas
May 11, 2010 9:24 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Those are nice plants. What a pretty garden!
Imagegemini_sage
May 16, 2010 7:17 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
How lovely! Love the Geraniums too!

Susan, how are your pots doing now? You mentioned your aethiopicas above, and got me wondering if you grow 'Pink Mist'? I have some from collected seed of 'Pink Mist' that are rebounding nicely after nearly losing them after a drought. I'm curious if they'll come true from seed.
lakesidecallas
May 16, 2010 7:42 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I've tried to grow it in the past and it just didn't do well for me, got smaller every year until it petered out. They didn't seem to like the amount of water the Aethiopicas got.
I'd love to get my hands on some.... hint, hint! Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagegemini_sage
May 16, 2010 4:43 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Oh certainly Susan, I'm going to keep them well fed and should see good increase by the time they start going dormant, so if all goes well I'd be happy to share 'em with ya :-) Do you think there are some genes of one that likes dryer situations in there? Odd that they wouldn't like the boggy situation. I haven't seen these bloom yet, but the leaves look like a normal aethiopica.
lakesidecallas
May 16, 2010 5:31 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I think there are some drier genes in there... I'm not sure what the cross was made from. A grower in WA told me she grows them in dry shade, at the edge of some trees. She also told me the chromosome counts don't match up with the parents and that's one reason they don't grow very well. She called it "a cross that was never meant to be".

Here's a photo of one just like Pink Mist, called "Deep Throat". I can't think of the name of the nursery I bought it from, shortly thereafter they sold out to Ball seeds and never sold the plant again. Ah! In looking at my photos, I saw I took a photo of the tag- it was Heronwood Nursery.

I got flowers the first year (planted in my yard), but didn't get a lot of leaves. After that, it faded away just like Pink Mist.

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Imagegemini_sage
May 16, 2010 5:35 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Oh, that is really lovely. Is it odd that mine came from seed saved from 'Pink Mist'? Sounds like it ought to be sterile?
lakesidecallas
May 16, 2010 5:47 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I remember getting seed from mine too, but never ended up planting it, aren't I a fool? I wonder if the seedlings will revert back to white. It will be exciting to see.

Imagegemini_sage
May 17, 2010 5:34 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Ah, yes, I imagine reverting is a good possibility. I started out with 5 seedlings, and now am down to 2 or 3 approaching maturity and clumping.

Isn't that the way it happens, ya don't think there's a reason to worry with collecting the seed, then the parent croaks for some reason!
lakesidecallas
May 17, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I'm very bad when it comes to seed, I collect it like crazy and then forget to plant them. I just cleaned up my kitchen last night and found a big stack of different types of citrus seeds I saved- that are probably no longer any viable!
Imageeclayne
May 8, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Name: Evan Layne
Western Mass, USA, z6a
Birthplace of Basketball
This is my first year with callas started indoors in pots, Z. aethiopica White Giant (spotted leaf). I've always planted my tubers, whether in the ground or potted, during the last week of May. My questions is should I plan on moving the plants outdoors permanently at a latter date than planting out the tubers? This is of course after hardening off.

Thanks for any help,
Evan
Imagegemini_sage
May 8, 2011 12:35 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
I believe the end of May would be a good time for you to move them outside. As long as your area has reached the frost safe date, they'll be fine, and aethiopicas enjoy mild temperatures.
Imageeclayne
May 8, 2011 3:47 PM CST
Name: Evan Layne
Western Mass, USA, z6a
Birthplace of Basketball
Thanks Neal. The UMass extension sets 5/23 as 10% probability of 36F and this is when I usually plant tender bulbs. As It usually takes a few weeks for shoots to show and I generally have a few inches of mulch I wasn't sure about how 12-18" leaves would fair.

On a side note I planted some caster bean seeds yesterday. The package says to plant "after average last frost". This is expanded on inside the package as follows:
"The last day of frost (32 degrees or less) is defined as "the first day in spring on which there is less than a 50% chance a frost will occur" ..."
By this standard I could have planted these seeds on 4/19 or later. Live and learn.
Evan
Imageeclayne
May 8, 2011 3:50 PM CST
Name: Evan Layne
Western Mass, USA, z6a
Birthplace of Basketball
P.S. I forgot to mention that I like the "frost safe date" terminology you used.
Evan
Imagegemini_sage
May 9, 2011 7:10 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Castor beans will frequently self sow here, typically the seedlings show up once the ground has warmed, around the end of May here. I think your seeds would have waited to sprout if you'd sown them earlier.

I was visiting a friend over the weekend, and her mother had given her Calla tubers last fall that she never got planted. They were in a plastic bag next to the house, where they spent the entire winter. Can you believe those babies survived and are growing!?
lakesidecallas
May 9, 2011 1:33 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Bulb plants are TOUGH, that's why I like them so much! Lovey dubby

Here are some Jack-in-the-pulpits I dug up from my Mom's yard last spring! They are in two bags- the ones in the black bag bloomed and then set seed, and has all sorts of babies coming up.
Thumb of 2011-05-09/lakesidecallas/ca3561

Every year I bring some back to plant, they don't grow that well here, although they are in a wet area- I think the soil is too poor and it gets hot too early in the year. But they are sure loving life in their bag, LOL!!

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