Overwintering calla lily

katsmah(Z 6B NJ)November 17, 2013

This was my first year of trying to grow calla lilies. We had our first frost the other night, so yesterday I dug up the rhizomes to overwinter. They had been in planters. I was shocked at the size of the roots. I have the plants drying so I can clean off the soil. Do I keep the large root ball, or should I cut it mostly off to store them?

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I don't know why nobody had anything to say to this. What did you decide?

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 9:00AM
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I grew some outside a while back and dug them up in winter. I brushed off as much dirt as I could, but kept the entire dirty mass in a plastic bag on a closet shelf all winter with no problems. That may not be the ideal storage method but it worked for me. When I bought them, they were stored dry and rootless in a little ventilated baggie, so I would guess that either way is likely to be fine.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 11:58AM
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