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RE: everbloooming calla lilies/ hummingbird rescue

Re "Do you suppose
> there are some varieties that are more
> 'evergreen' than others?"

Here's another guess on my part.  In zone 5, it is the overall view that
callas are tender, so they're all pretty much lumped as the same.  But you are
in Z8/9, so the species might make a difference.  I found the list below from
Tony Avent.  It doesn't speak to "evergreen", but some are hardier than
others.  Like Donna said, maybe you could ask them.


Zantedeschia aethiopica and cvs.(Zone 7a Raleigh, NC) 0F
Zantedeschia albomaculata (Zone 5b Kansas City, MO) -10F
Zantedeschia elliottiana (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)9F
Zantedeschia pentlandii (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC) 9F
Zantedeschia rehmannii (Zone 6 Springdale, AR) 5F
Zantedeschia 'Black Eyed Beauty' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Cameo' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Flame' (Zone 6 Springdale, AR) 5F
Zantedeschia 'Crystal Blush' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Crystal Glow' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Galaxy' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Hybrid Yellow' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Midnight Eclipse' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Pink Pacific' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Pink Persuasion' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)
Zantedeschia 'Pot of Gold' (Zone 7a Raleigh, NC)

On Sun, 12 Jan 2003 20:38:12 -0800 Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com> wrote:

> My callas are in several garden beds with all
> of the rest of my perennials-
> so they get watered regularly all the time
> (either by drip irrigation or
> rain). They actually start to die back earlier
> than most other plants in my
> garden. Of note, many of my flowers go to seed-
> I was under the impression
> that I shouldn't deadhead callas- do you know
> if this is right?  Maybe my
> neighbor does deadhead his and that's why they
> don't die back and keep
> blooming instead.    Our coolest nights have
> been around 40 degrees, and we
> are getting sunshine on days it isn't raining
> of course- not like in summer,
> but clearly enough that the neighbor's plants
> are blooming.  I must say, my
> neighbor has very large clumps of callas that
> have HUGE flowers on them
> (yes- I am rather jealous).  These plants have
> been there since we moved in
> almost 2 years ago- I am certain they haven't
> been replanted/staggered.
> Hmmm- thanks for taking the time to do some
> hunting for me.  Do you suppose
> there are some varieties that are more
> 'evergreen' than others?
> Theresa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
> [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of Kitty Morrissy
> Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2003 8:42 PM
> To: GardenChat
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] everbloooming calla lilies/
> hummingbird rescue
> Theresa,
> We have to dig our callas here, so I don't have
> much to offer except...
> Do you keep yours watered?  If you let them dry
> out as winter approaches, I
> think that's part of their internal signal to
> die back.  There are a lot of
> plants that are supposed to go dormant and
> dissappear in summer that
> sometimes don't if you keep them well watered. 
> Could be the same on the
> reverse for winter dormancy in a warmer
> climate.
> Since you've been kind enough to offer the
> group something to work on, I
> just now decided to look up what I could.  John
> Bryan says they like lots
> of water and fertilizer and that you should cut
> back on both from Oct to
> May.  I assume to help induce dormancy. Maybe
> your neighbor is pushing them
> to keep going.  He goes on to say the growing
> period should have nights
> above 40 degrees  - what're your temps like?
> The IBC in Holland says they are to be stored
> dry at 13C, that they're to
> be planted  from Dec to May in the US, that
> flowering takes place 3 months
> after planting in the colder months but only
> 60-70 days after planting in
> May.  They indicate they need lots of sun to
> flower - how's your sunshine
> these days?
> And another possibility - could your neighbor
> be staggering her plantings?
> Kitty
> BTW - glad your hummer survived!
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Theresa- yahoo 
> > To: GardenChat 
> > Date: 1/12/2003 11:01:36 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] everbloooming calla lilies/
> hummingbird rescue
> >
> > I neighbor around the corner has some very
> large calla lilies that are
> > blooming again/still.  It seems that they are
> almost always blooming.  Is
> > there some trick to this?  My callas all die
> back in winter and then get
> new
> > growth in spring- but the neighbors keep a
> nice clump of green leaves and
> > keep blooming all year.  Any
> ideas/explainations?
> >
> > Theresa
> > Sac, CA

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