Rhizomes

KatrinaJune 18, 2005

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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sylviatexas1

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I don't know the answer, but you might post on the Bulbs forum.

Best luck!

sylvia

    Bookmark   June 19, 2005 at 2:31PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

The bumpy part goes up. Strangely enough, the roots & shoots come out of the same side of the rhizomes.

Al

Here is a link that might be useful: Come on, I'll show you what I'm talking about.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2005 at 3:03PM
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KatrinaG(5 IN)

Thank you!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 7:33AM
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KatrinaG(5 IN)

Okay, I went and flipped them over. Now the bumpy sides are down. Hope I didn't confuse the poor things in the meantime!! :)

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 4:35PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

I'm wondering why you asked?

Al

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 5:33PM
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KatrinaG(5 IN)

Al,

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).

Katrina

    Bookmark   June 20, 2005 at 11:56PM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

I hope they're not dizzy when they come up!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2005 at 12:28AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Why put the bumpy sides down?

Al

    Bookmark   June 21, 2005 at 7:04AM
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KatrinaG(5 IN)

Al,

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. :(

Katrina

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 8:05AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Bumps go up. ;o)

Good luck.

Al

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 10:35AM
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KatrinaG(5 IN)

Skybird,

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?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 11:40AM
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Skybird - z5, Denver, Colorado

LOL!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 12:09PM
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creatrix(z7 VA)

When in doubt, plant sideways!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2005 at 6:07PM
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cym_envy

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 :)

    Bookmark   March 2, 2007 at 4:00PM
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