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  Calla hibernating
From: Lester Kallus lkallus at earthlink.net> on 2000.11.30 at 03:24:10(5726)
A couple years ago, some giant Calla were offered through this group. I
purchased a few. Two years ago I kept them growing indoor over the
winter. Last year I just couldn't get enough time in the fall and the hard
winter hit them harder than I would have expected.

In July I found some tiny Calla shoots and by this fall I had small plants
growing. Another winter like last and I'll lose them
altogether. Consequently, I'd like to keep them inside this winter. Space
is limitted so ideally I'll store them as tubers (or corms, if that's what
they are).

From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2000.12.02 at 16:27:26(5745)
dear les,

years ago, i gave my parents a Z. elliotiana (the yellow species). here is
how they grow and bloom it yearly in nyc:

from may until it goes dormant, it grows outside in full sun, well watered,
and as i said, it blooms yearly. when it goes dormant, around october or so,
it goes in the basement, where it is stored in its pot until next may. so
i;d say, don't bother shaking off the soil/cleaning unless you really have
the time... as for temps, i understand they are native to south africa, so i
don't see how 45-50 degrees would harm it (Caladiums in contrast are much
more tropical).

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