Growing Calla Lilies forum: Light requirements?

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Imagethreegardeners
Jun 19, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
How much light do they need? I bought a lovely deep purple one but it seems to be fading...how much sun can they handle? I have it in the shade now....
Imageeclayne
Jun 19, 2011 12:59 PM CST
Name: Evan Layne
Western Mass, USA, z6a
Birthplace of Basketball
Lee Anne, The few varieties I have all do best in full sun, with heavy mulch to keep the roots cool. Planted 4-6" deep. I've planted shallower with heavy mulch in full sun and in deeper and shallower in part sun and they don't do as well for me. This assumes regular watering.

I'm sure Susan will weigh in shortly with a broader view of differing types.

I'm curious what zone are you? Do you start indoors or plant in ground? If in ground when?
Evan
Imagethreegardeners
Jun 19, 2011 9:24 PM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
thank you! I'm in zone 5a and was hoping they could live their lives in pots??
Imageeclayne
Jun 20, 2011 6:03 PM CST
Name: Evan Layne
Western Mass, USA, z6a
Birthplace of Basketball
I also grow them in pots and other than more frequent watering and feeding they seem to like more sun. I should have asked earlier, when you write fading, do you mean the flower or the foliage? The flowers will fade and turn green on the outside and eventually on the inside as they get older. Unless you want seed you can/should cut them off at this point.

After nickle size hail and 50 mph winds my callas are popping, this after planting out mid-May to early June. Picasso is first in bloom, one actually started to bloom in the basement. Yellow next then the albomaculatas, largest tubers first. The pinks and Schwarzwalder (which I got from Susan this year), are putting up lots of green. The aethiopicas, started indoors, are getting quite large but took a beating due to the hail and wind. Posting pics soon.
Evan
lakesidecallas
Jun 24, 2011 9:44 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Huh. I wasn't notified anyone posted here, odd!
I agree with Evan!

I grow all my Callas in pots, I have them in morning sun and afternoon shade. It depends on the size pot, but plastic (and clay too, I guess) pots can get really, really hot in the sun and literally cook the soil in the pot, which makes the bulbs very unhappy! Lee Anne, it's probably fading because it's finish blooming. Sometimes that still provides interest, though. I had some that were dark maroon on the first day, the next day they started turning more rose/fuchsia, and now that they are closed they still have a little color on the outside and give a spot of color among the green leaves.

I keep snapping photos but I'm really bad about getting them out of the camera and onto the computer and sized.

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