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Old 05-13-2018, 04:46 PM
 
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One of my favorite flowers are Lilies. I sent for Calla Lilies on Brecks.com last year, and they did not survive. I usually look for the zones number. I am on zone 7, so since I saw zones 3 to 10, I sent for them, but failed to see further down "lift in fall in zones 3 to 7." Now, I am confused. Was it my fault for leaving them in the ground? With bulbs: does the SIZE OF THE BULB matters regarding weather?

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Old 05-13-2018, 04:48 PM
 
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Old 05-13-2018, 07:51 PM
 
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One of my favorite flowers are Lilies. I sent for Calla Lilies on Brecks.com last year, and they did not survive. I usually look for the zones number. I am on zone 7, so since I saw zones 3 to 10, I sent for them, but failed to see further down "lift in fall in zones 3 to 7." Now, I am confused. Was it my fault for leaving them in the ground? With bulbs: does the SIZE OF THE BULB matters regarding weather?

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I have calla's for years and was in zone 7 and never left them in the ground. I would say that is why they didn't survive. I always lift all my bulbs even elephant ears.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:32 AM
 
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I have calla's for years and was in zone 7 and never left them in the ground. I would say that is why they didn't survive. I always lift all my bulbs even elephant ears.

Yes, but the point that I am trying to understand is this, and it is related to the zone numbers. Breck's states that they are for zones 3 to 10, so my zone 7 is included in those numbers. And why they have to be then lifted in zone 7? Maybe there is something that I am missing, in relations to understanding the zones?

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Old 05-15-2018, 09:29 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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One of my favorite flowers are Lilies. I sent for Calla Lilies on Brecks.com last year, and they did not survive. I usually look for the zones number. I am on zone 7, so since I saw zones 3 to 10, I sent for them, but failed to see further down "lift in fall in zones 3 to 7." Now, I am confused. Was it my fault for leaving them in the ground? With bulbs: does the SIZE OF THE BULB matters regarding weather?

Thank you,
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Yes, but the point that I am trying to understand is this, and it is related to the zone numbers. Breck's states that they are for zones 3 to 10, so my zone 7 is included in those numbers. And why they have to be then lifted in zone 7? Maybe there is something that I am missing, in relations to understanding the zones?

Thank you, for your help.

It means that in the spring, summer and fall the calla bulbs are safe in the ground in zones 3 to 10 but in the winter zones 3 to 7 are too cold to leave the bulbs in the ground in the winter so the bulbs in 3 - 7 zones must me taken up before winter. Zones 8, 9 and 10 are warm enough in winter that there's less risk of the ground freezing so it's safe to leave the bulbs in the ground during winter in those zones.

Regarding the size of bulbs and weather - the only difference about size is that big bulbs will take a little longer than small bulb to freeze right through to the center. But even if only the outer layers of bulbs get frozen and not the middle the damage has still been done on the outer layers and so the whole bulb dies and turns into a rotted, mushy mess.

I live in a warm coastal Mediterranean type zone 9b climate and although I don't grow calla lilies, if I did I would still take them up for the winter because here we never know from one winter to the next when we might get an unexpected deep, deep arctic blast in January that freezes the ground to a depth of 8 or 9 inches for a few days. Even only a few hours of freezing temperatures can be enough to kill calla bulbs.


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Old 05-16-2018, 04:24 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Zone 7b here, we should lift bulbs here too, but I've found a thick layer (6" or better) of chopped leaves have protected our Canna and gladiolus bulbs.

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Old 05-16-2018, 11:18 AM
 
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:28 PM
 
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When I lived in Washington, DC I grew calla lilies in my plot at a community garden (zone 7a). They came back year after year. When I moved to rural Maryland (also zone 7a), southeast of DC, I brought the bulbs with me, but they didn't make through their first winter. Micro-climates must have something to do with it.
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