Article: 2012 Calla Lily Bulb Co-op with Pacific Callas: Old fashioned white

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By Susan Bryant on February 24, 2012

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ImageMaryE
Apr 28, 2012 12:42 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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About 50 years ago, we rented a house that had a big clump of white calla lilies in the yard. They were so pretty! Now all I see for sale locally are the colored ones. I tried one, it didn't live through our winter. I'm in zone 6a. Does anybody know the name of the old white ones, or have bulbs of a white one that would survive here? I'm happy to pay postage.
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lakesidecallas
Apr 29, 2012 11:22 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Your white calla could be one of two varieties. Albomaculata is a white flower, about 2 inches in diameter. Aethiopica is a white flower that gets 4-5" in diameter.

If the bulb gets too cold and wet during the winter, it will rot. Your best bet is to mulch heavily.

Hope that helps!
ImageMaryE
Apr 30, 2012 8:54 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Thanks for the names, it will help with the search! And thanks for the tip about the winter care.
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ImageLaVonne
Jun 13, 2012 3:31 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

I live in Ky - zone 6 - and would love to grow some of these...but have been told they will not weather our winters... does anyone have any suggestions? Bringing them in for the winter is not possible as my trailer is set up for quilting...so living room has lots of wall shelves to hold material and other sewing notions and then there is a large table for me to sew on, etc. Against the north wall I have a smaller table and shelves above for all my paints for doing my gourds and rocks...
Marti has a lot of day lilies and Iris in the front yard that is weathering our seasons and also some roses...she has a trailing white and pink on the fence that was absolutely covered in a profusion of color this spring and it still gives a bit of color that is hanging on...She did a lot of work while she was here and just before she left to move back to Calif. I know if she had the choice she would be back here in a heartbeat...but GS needs her wisdom and care...
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lakesidecallas
Jun 15, 2012 9:37 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I can imagine that quilting and supplies take up a lot of room!
I overwintered mine a few years, we're zone 6 too. Maybe if they are against the trailer ? They will be OK as long as the ground doesn't freeze down to where the bulbs are. A lot of mulch over the top in winter will help, too.
Last week I talked to a lady in Akron OH that overwintered some bulbs, but they were next to the foundation of the house. That's the farthest north I've ever heard of someone overwintering them. Also a lady in Delaware grows Aethiopica outside and mulches heavily in winter.

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