growing Calla lillies for wedding
We're having an outdoor wedding June 3rd of next year on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (near Delaware). The bride (our future daughter in law)would like large and small white and small yellow Callas at the outdoor wedding area as well as small white and small yellow on the tables (all in pots).
Buying plants already in bloom is financially not an option.
After reading the literature on the Internet the following is a plan that I would like commented on:
1) Purchase the tubers in the beginning of February. Plant them in pots with potting soils that are kept moist around the middle of February. Keep them near windows that face the south.
2)Around April start bringing the pots outdoors and bring indoors if temps ever get below 55. Keep plants in moist soil.
3) In May plant most of Callas in wedding area (some sun, some shade) but keep them in pots. This would be done so that it would be easy to bring them out in Fall. The remainder will be kept in pots, but unplanted, for use on tables. These could be put in ground and pulled out at wedding time.
4) Some Callas will be given away but some will be brought in at end of season to hibernate over winter. That process will be asked at later time.
1) Do you put one tuber per pot? Will this give enough flowers for pots to be put on tables?
2) Will they bloom sufficiently by June 3rd? This will be around ninety days or more from planting.
3) Will they have to be repotted during this process?
4) 3) How crazy is this plan?
5) I have read that some people keep Callas in ground over winter in our temperature conditions (10-20 at night during January and February) by planting them deeper (not in pots) and covering with mulch. Any comments?