Winterizaing calla lilies

During the spring and summer, we plant our calla lilies directly in big pots, but now we need to winterize them. What is the best way to do this? We have cut off the spent flowers, and removed the bulbs fromt the pots to dry before bringing them into the basement for the winter. Should we replant them now in the pots, or keep them out of the pots until the spring? thanks so much Nona
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi
The best way to store callas is to let them get just slightly blackened by the first light frost. Then, remove them from their pots, wash off the bulbs, and clip away the foliage. Then, bury them in a cardboard box filled with vermiculite, perlite or sphagnum moss. Place the box in a cool, dark location until spring. Do not let them freeze in storage. In mid-winter you might want to check them and if they are shriveling sprinkle them lightly with water and restore in the vermiculite.


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