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Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Jan 8, 2016 4:21 PM CST
I bought about 5 or 6 Canna lilies in those regular black plastic pots. I don't know if I should plant them in the ground like my other ones that are just growing in the ground? I had heard if I stored them like that in the pots they will rot?

I also got about 5 different colored flowered Calla lilies. Same question as above? I was thinking of taking them out of the pots and drying them out. Then storing in the garage and then put them in like paper until spring?

Last question, I got 2 lilies. The tall leafy one with pink and a yellow lily flowers on the top. Do I do the same thing as the Calla lily? Or I am completely off on all of them?

*All plants have mostly or almost completely died down do to drowning temps.

Please, if anyone can give me advice that would help me out so so much!
Thank you
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 8, 2016 5:29 PM CST
I'd absolutely plant your Cannas in the ground, somewhere sunny where you can give them lots of water. They need to grow new rhizomes and put up new stems to bloom next season, and the pots won't be big enough for that. There's no such thing as too much rain for Cannas. They can grow in ponds.

The Callas can be potted up and kept just slightly moist, somewhere cool. Bring them out when you're ready to let them start up in spring.

I think the lilies can also be planted in the ground where you live, but it's so long since I grew lilies, I'm not too sure on those.
Elaine

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Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Jan 8, 2016 6:12 PM CST
Hurray! Thank u so much for the advice. That's what I was thinking on the Canna Lily. But still needed the advice from some else. Yes I have a large pot of Canna in my pond right now. I have never overwinter them before in water. But someone said they would be fine left in. Whew, thank you for your help. Oh yeah almost forgot to ask, do the Calla lily need to be I a pottery type pot or is a plastic big one ok? I have used up all my pots and I just had to buy some plastic ones at lowes this week.
Thank You!
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 8, 2016 8:09 PM CST
I think plastic pots would be better than clay ones, Lisa. Especially in your (usually) dry climate, you want a pot that will retain moisture, and clay will dry out much faster than plastic because it "breathes".
Elaine

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Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Jan 8, 2016 10:48 PM CST
The regular lilies need to get in the ground. Period.

Cannas and Calas can both be dug and stored after they die back. But in your zone, they both should be hardy. The Cannas for sure. (I am not positive on the Cala. - Just checked. Yes hardy in Z 8.) And they will not tolerate a pot for long. Ditto on the Calas - they make a lot of new tubers each year. Both will do much better in the ground rather than a pot.

I agree on the clay. Many folks do ok. I typically do not. And in your area/zone they will dry out very quickly.
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Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Jan 9, 2016 1:10 AM CST
Thank you both so much for your advice. I really appreciate it very much so. I even Google it and checked all the plant forums and every thing. I will plant up the Calla lilies tomorrow in a plastic planter box. Also put the Canna's and lilies in the ground too.
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Jan 9, 2016 8:35 PM CST
Thumbs up

Keep in mind the Callas will multiply and you may have to divide them and report - maybe in as little as a year.
This year I had 2 pots that next year I will have to plant in 3 or 4 pots.

Come back and let us know how things do for you.
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Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Jan 9, 2016 9:17 PM CST
David, oh my. I want lots but iam running out of pot space!
Thank you for your advice
Thank You!

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