Gardens Calla lilies
year I planted calla lilies in huge pots and had a beautiful show
of blooms. This year I replanted the bulbs in a sunny, open position
in the garden. There was a mass of green leaves but no flowers.
What's wrong? Should I lift the bulbs this year?
lilies can be tricky garden subjects - depending on the variety,
the rhizomes have a reputation for putting on a stunning performance
one year, followed by little or no flowers twelve months later.
(Incidentally, the yellow varieties are more resilient than the
red, orange and burgundy types.)
It does pay to lift and
divide the bulbs every couple of years, or you can buy fresh rhizomes
to guarantee a good display.
Bulbs in the garden can
often miss the regular watering and feeding that bulbs in pots get.
You could try replanting your callas in good, free-draining soil
in full sun or part-shade. Soil that is always moist, yet well-drained,
suits callas best.
Gardener, Issue 97, 2002, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.