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Calla reproduction

Calla reproduction



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Question: calla reproduction


I am a lover of gardening and I would like to know how I can reproduce the calle ... awaiting an answer yours sincerely, German lorenzo

Answer: calla reproduction


Dear Lorenzo,
the calla lilies are plants with modified stems, a stubby rhizome develops between the stem above ground and the root apparatus, similar to a large flattened potato; this rhizome can be divided into portions, so as to obtain different plants, which will quickly bloom.
We proceed when the calla lilies have already bloomed and the large leaves are dried, or when the rhizomes are dormant; this period depends on the moment in which the calla lilies of the variety that you possess have flourished, since white calla lilies tend to bloom for a fairly prolonged period, which generally ends in summer, while colored calla lilies bloom for a different period. This is the period also indicated for repottings and transplants.
Proceed by extracting the rhizomes from the ground, avoiding damaging them, or ruining the small roots that depart from them; observe the rhizomes, you will see on them some small roundish formations, which in jargon are called eyes. From these formations future leaves will originate, so when you divide the rhizomes you will have to make sure to keep at least one eye for each portion (two would be better); if you are not an expert in dividing the rhizomes, it would be advisable that you do not produce a large number of portions, rather divide only the rhizome into two parts. Clean the rhizomes well, if there were encrusted earth you can also wet them in warm water, to practice this operation more quickly and more effectively.
Using a sharp knife (usually grafting knives) cut the rhizomes clean, leaving, as we said, a pair of eyes for each rhizome.
Dust the rhizomes with a sulfur-based fungicide and place in small containers, with a good fresh soil, at a depth of about 8-10 cm, and place the pots in a sheltered place. When you see the first shoots springing from the ground, you can start watering again. The portions of the rhizome can also be buried, especially if you live in an area with mild winters; only that it is not said that all the portions germinate, and if something should go wrong, the piece of rhizome that does not sprout will remain in the ground to rot, perhaps even ruining all the other surrounding rhizomes. Keep them in pots until you are sure they have sprouted, then you can place them where you like.
It often happens, eradicating from the ground some rhizomes of calla to stay for many years, that you notice some lateral formations, because the rhizome has developed; in this case, it is sufficient to divide the different sections of the rhizome, already well visible, and position them as dwellings as if they were single plants.