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Zantedeschia aethiopica... Calla Lilly

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by capney, Jun 17, 2011.

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    Hope this is the correct area to talk about Calla Lillies.
    I thought I would post progress on ten I reciieved today.
    Never grown them before so I am on a learning curve as well.
    Today they have been planted smooth curved side to the bottom with any shots to the top.
    Nice new compost, Watered and covered in film until the shoots are well established.
    Hope theres more reports to follow.
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      Yes, I'd like to see how you progress with them, Mr C.:thumbsup: I've got a couple down by the pond in a sheltered position and they always add interest there.:D
       
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      Hello Robert

      I shall be looking forward to seeing your progress here. I am not as adventurous as you but. I decided to try these for the first time this year and I now have 13 flowerheads with more coming. It is a mini-dwarf hybrid possibly called 'Picasso'.

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        Yours are looking good Victoria. Really hope I can see some growth like that in a couple of months.
        I have ten rhizomes, eleven actaully because one parted company.
        White/cream, Yellow, Pink, Orange, and Red, all 12/14 rhizomes from T & M.
        The appear to be healthy stock.
         
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        Sometimes things go a little too quickly in the heat here, Robert. Mine are opening already so this is the colour ...

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        Update as promised 14th July.
        One colour is growing a lot more then the other colours.
        Not a bad thing as I hope that will give use a longing flowering period.
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        Update.......

        The first flower is just developing..but..
        4 of them are refusing to grow. So, time to complain.
        I got them for a bargain from a well known TV shopping channel.... you know the one, starts with Q and ends with C.
        Anyways, had a nice conversation with Amanda this morning and she said that T and M cant replace them at this time, so would I except a full refund?
        I snapped her hand off and now have 6 healthy Calla for free and 4 iffy ones that may or may not grow.
        I call that a result.
         
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          Well done Capney. It is the complaints that raise standards...
           
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          Just wondering....... Did the planting instructions say to plant them half out of the compost? Only asking because mine are a good 4 inches deep!
           
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          Yes.. half out catztail

          First flower picture coming up.
           
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          This is my first Calla lily

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            I planted mine deeper as well and have no flowers as yet, perhaps that's where i have gone wrong - oh well we keep on learning :)
             
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            That is beautiful capney!! What is the variety?
             
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            I really wish I knew.. It was a multicolour pack from on -line.. And there was no mention of variety.
            Wish I did know.
            One thing I have noticed over the last few days is a few compost flies buzzing around.
            So.... onto the www and found out they dont like Cinnamon...!
            Some say just sprinkle it over the top.
            Another says dilute and filter and then water with it.
            Another idea was top off with clean washed sand.
            I have some blasting sand that is now covering the top of the pots... Time will tell.
             
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