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Name: Joy
independence Mo (Zone 6a)
lighthaven2012
May 22, 2015 8:31 AM CST
I have 5 diff types of calla. Yellow, Purple, captain murano, Picasso. I keep them in containers. They do great. Q...my sons dog dumped over my purple and captain murano and dug it out. They where just starting to shoot out leaves. Will they be OK? I put the bulbs back in with new soil on top. What can I do to insure I don't loose them?
They go dormant every year, I keep pots in garage.
Thanks!!
Joy
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 22, 2015 8:33 AM CST
They should be just fine if the dog didn't damage them. You may or may not have lost flowers. I'm not sure about that. Any damage to the roots?
Name: Joy
independence Mo (Zone 6a)
lighthaven2012
May 22, 2015 8:42 AM CST
Thank you Zencat! I honestly have never seen the bulbs. I've always received the calla in a pot and then repotted them. This is first time I saw the bulbs. The are white and NO roots on them and very soft and crumbly, I was very careful with them...is that OK?
Joy
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 22, 2015 9:06 AM CST
They should be firm, not soft or hard. Can you get a picture? You said leaves were growing. On all of them?
Name: Joy
independence Mo (Zone 6a)
lighthaven2012
May 22, 2015 9:14 AM CST
Yes I took pics. The bulb seems delicate. The leaves where broken over or off. Thanks so much!
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Joy
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 22, 2015 9:35 AM CST
They look fine to me. If they were just starting out, you may still get flowers. Post here if and when they do?
Name: Joy
independence Mo (Zone 6a)
lighthaven2012
May 22, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Wonderful!! Thank you so much for all your help!! I will post pics when they do. ;)
Joy
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 22, 2015 9:57 AM CST
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Swayback
May 23, 2015 5:57 AM CST
Captain murano was my very favorite calla to date, mine was a freak tho! I think some pics made it to the database... They're very wimpy...

Your description " soft and crumbly" concerns me, the only time I'd use those words to describe an elephant ear, caladium or calla, when they are rotten, aroids can rot from the bottom up, and the growth tip will still survive...
Don't over dry or cook them in the sun, but if they're a bit funky, you don't want to overwater them
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Name: Joy
independence Mo (Zone 6a)
lighthaven2012
May 23, 2015 6:58 AM CST
Thank you swayback for that info. I would like to say I think they are firmer than I thought. They just seem delicate. The pic above of the bulb, when I was wiping the dirt off it I nearly broke it in half. Does that seem right for those bulbs?
Thank you!
Joy
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Swayback
May 23, 2015 5:24 PM CST
Depends, the growth tips are very easy to snap off, not a big deal,
Really these aren't bulbs, but actually corns, and often have more than one active growth point, or eye, eventually these grow out enough to be separated, or will even split themselves as the plant naturally rots from the bottom up, lots of bulbing aroids employee a similar strategy to split pups off the main plant

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Name: Joy
independence Mo (Zone 6a)
lighthaven2012
May 23, 2015 5:58 PM CST
Thank you so much for that info! Every bit helps a lot. I know so little about them. I love them and think they look so exotic! :)
Joy
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 23, 2015 7:04 PM CST
I love them too. Lovey dubby

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