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Old 10-11-2014, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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A friend who knows nothing about gardening (I don't know much more!) gave me two calla lilies last spring. I planed them in my back yard (Zone 6) and they were beautiful. I know they will die in a Pennsylvania winter and I am wondering if I should dig them up and store them in our unfinished basement until next spring. If so, what is the best way to do this? Do I just dig up the whole thing or do I prune the top back? Do I need to store them in soil, like in a pot? I appreciate any advice--I cannot find the answers I am looking for in a Google search.
I just hate to let beautiful flowers die!
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: CA.
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A friend who knows nothing about gardening (I don't know much more!) gave me two calla lilies last spring. I planed them in my back yard (Zone 6) and they were beautiful. I know they will die in a Pennsylvania winter and I am wondering if I should dig them up and store them in our unfinished basement until next spring. If so, what is the best way to do this? Do I just dig up the whole thing or do I prune the top back? Do I need to store them in soil, like in a pot? I appreciate any advice--I cannot find the answers I am looking for in a Google search.
I just hate to let beautiful flowers die!
Hi,

U can dig them and plant them in pots with dry wood chips or shredded paper from UR shredder. Trim off all the foliage. Wash the tubers,let dry in shady area and ck for insects, treat if necessary. Keep away from mice over winter they love to eat any tuberous plant that is not poisonous.

Here in zone 6a we can leave hardy calla lilies out as long as protected from cold winds with a layer or two of dry leaves a pot turned upside down over them and not too much water or it will cause them to rot. My friend has them planted under the eves of he home on the north side of her home. They come up every year like clock work. If fact she has had to thin them out several times.

Calla lily these have wavy large leaves...Zantedeschia aethiopica are Cold hardy In Zone:7-5 depends if protected in zone 6-5..

U could leave one out protected from frosty weather and bring one in as suggested above. See what happens next spring. I'm sure they will be just fine where they are protected from frost and cold drying winds.
There is a whole community just for calla lilies on line - goggle the hort name for more info.
Good luck
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