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Conway, Ar
Question by foodguru2
March 21, 2010
what is best planting and care of calla lilies,& tomatoes-i don't seem to have much luck with either,exactly what is annuals and perennials

Answer from NGA
March 21, 2010


Calla lilies are native to South Africa so while they'll provide lovely summer color in your garden, they won't tolerate your cold winter weather. Callas thrive in a partly sunny bed (shaded from hot afternoon sun), in rich, moist soil. Prepare the soil by incorporating lots of compost or other organic matter that will help hold moisture. Plant the rhizomes 4"-6" deep, 1'-2' apart, in rich, moist soil. In late summer, after flowering is finished, dry them out gradually until the foliage dies back. Then dig and store in dry soil or sawdust, keeping them at 40F -50F degrees. In the spring, after new growth begins, replant outdoors in a prepared bed.

Tomatoes love the heat and will grow in a sunny bed. Better Boy is the classic garden tomato. It produces globe-shaped fruit in about 72 days. This vigorous, indeterminate plant is resistant to fusarium wilt, verticillium wilt and root knot nematodes. Celebrity, a determinate vine, has large, firm, crack-resistant fruit that reach maturity in 70 days. It is resistant to fusarium wilt, verticillium wilt , tobacco mosaic virus and nematodes. Indeterminate tomatoes are vining, and they will produce fruit throughout the season until killed by frost. Determinate tomatoes, also known as bush tomatoes, grow to about 4 feet tall, and their crops will ripen all at the same time.

Annuals are plants that complete their lifecycle in one growing season. They grow, flower, produce seeds and then die. Perennials are plants that live for 3 years or more.

Best wishes with your garden!

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