I realized yesterday just how many seed pods I have of Calla lilies after tidying up in the Calla Lily area where I have massive pots full of giant bulbs. The wonderful bees will have cross pollinated these beauties and I have other colours such as Picasso which didn’t seed but its pollen certainly would have been transferred. In all there are white, deep purple, yellow, orange as well.
I am going to start processing the seeds then I though it would be lovely for them to be grown by other people as it is quite easy and I have quite a lot.
So today I will start to offer them for sale. I will create the listing this morning.
Here is what you need to do once you receive your Calla lily seeds.
They will arrive in a paper, plastic bag with a small amount of peat/ soil or Sphagnum moss.
the seeds will be quite moist and ready to plant into a well drained soil mix such as a seed starting mix. Simply mostly fill a small pot almost full with the soil and moisten soil well with water. then press a few seeds into the top of each pot and make sure they are just covered with soil.
Keep the pots moist. you may like to cover the pots with a plastic bag or use a propagation tray that comes with a lid. The seeds will take up to four months to germinate, some of mine have taken longer. I have successfully grown loads of Calla lilies this way.
Once they have germinated and grown for a year in the pot they can be potted into bigger pots. The dormant plants will die down over Autumn and regrow in Spring.
I cant wait to see the colours the new seeds will produce. They take a couple of years or so to get to flowering size but the wait has been worth it. I have some seedlings from an Orange Calla, Purple and yellow etc that are growing well too.
Alternatively I will be offering Calla lily dormant bulbs for sale also which I will be processing soon. Watch this space.
Storing Dahlias over winter
Over winter Dahlias are in dormancy. This means the leaves and stems dry and shrivel. ( They make great kindling when completely dry).
Yes Dahlias can be left in the ground over winter in snow free areas but I dig most of mine as it can be really wet. The soul here in some parts is very claggy. So if your soil.is not really well drained I’d recommend digging.
Care needs to be taken to dig slowly to avoid tubers breaking badly.
Trim stems to perhaps about 5 to 10 cm and if soil is not too claggy you could leave on clumps. I tend not to divide clumps if I am going to store them as they winter better.
They are best stored in a dry and fairly well ventilated area, it’s a good idea to check them every few weeks as any gooey tubers can be removed.
I store mine in large pots, shade cloth, chaff bags with plain soil or well drained potting mix. I have also stored them in autumn leaves and sawdust. Soil seems the best.
Elevate the pots etc if you can on a wooden of plastic pallet as well to aid in airflow and to stop any errant water becoming a problem.
Because I am digging so.many tubers early this year I’m offering tuber clumps for sale now as I can’t store them all.
Keep an eye out for some little and some not so little beauties.
These include the Burgundy Berry Dahlias which I am checking over as I dig them up so I am listing a couple of clumps every few days.
There will probably be some Purple and White bicoloured Dahlias too, some lovely miniatures too.
Lastly thank you for your support. It is so much appreciated by myself and all the furry and feathered animals that have a forever home here.
Dahlias are normally divided just before planting in Australia or by a grower prior to selling to check for good eye formation ( this mis where the shoots and stems grow form, like on a potato Dahlias develop eyes
When you divide a large clump of Dahlias you may find some naturally come apart as they are plants that developed their own stem. Otherwise it is a bit different and a good sharp knife and Secateurs will help. The important thing to note is a Dahlia tuber will easily grow as long as their is some stem and end of tuber is intact. Large clumps may have a squishy tuber on outside, simply remove and cut back to clean tuber or stem.
By dividing a good sized clump you can share with friends, increase the flower production and they settle in faster than a larger clump.
Prior to planting dig in well rotted cow manure into soil and let it sit for a few weeks if possible. Use free draining soil and check ph of soil prior to planting especially with newly bought soil.
Just remember when planting resist watering especially when they are first planted, at least wait until good growth above ground is achieved. Place stakes in at planting to avoid tuber damage.
When cutting Dahlia flowers make sure to not leave an open stem, stems are often hollow so cut down until it is sealed and on a angle.