I received some calla lily rhizomes yesterday. Not sure whether to plant them with the smooth or the bumpy side up.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
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I don't know the answer, but you might post on the Bulbs forum.
The bumpy part goes up. Strangely enough, the roots & shoots come out of the same side of the rhizomes.
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Okay, I went and flipped them over. Now the bumpy sides are down. Hope I didn't confuse the poor things in the meantime!! :)
I'm wondering why you asked?
I had bought calla lily bulbs and the directions didn't specify which way was right-side up. Didn't want to kill them by putting them in the wrong way (which I did, it turns out).
I hope they're not dizzy when they come up!
Why put the bumpy sides down?
Because I'm brand new to gardening and didn't know if it was more "important" to the bulbs for the roots to come out or for the later plants. So I figured I had a 50/50 chance guessing. I was wrong. :(
Bumps go up. ;o)
I hope not too! What do you think a dizzy calla looks like? Maybe shaped like an exclamation point instead of a trumpet?! Or maybe they'll send one lone little shoot out to reconnoiter and report back when it sees the light of day?
When in doubt, plant sideways!
That's too funny! I'm new with callas too and I lifted my calla rhizomes for the first time from their containers last fall. When i started them last night, I said "what the heck?? What direction do these things go in?" Luckily, I had one that had a green shoot popping out of the bumpy side, so I figured that must point up!
Good to know i guessed right... rhizomes can be confusing for those of us used to bulbs and corms only :)