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Swayback
Jun 13, 2013 10:51 PM CST
This calla "captain Ibiza" has been a sight from day one!
I bought 2 of the actually, both had one red/orange impressive bloom, but I was drawn to the foliage...it's thicker and even more rubbery than most callas, it also has an unusual elongated firm to the leaf, very different than in used to. It's also shorter as well, I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call it a dwarf...
I'm guess its got some extra chromosomes, it's just a bit too weird to just be a highly hybridized, but I don't know...
They grew quick, pushed out several blooms each... Well several of those blooms emerged as doubles, with 2 spadices, facing opposite directions!
It still maintained much of the simple elegance that callas are so famous for, I was glad of that, I've never been much on callas, and I got these for my old lady, but like I said their foliage and form is very intriguing to me, she approved if the double flowers, so all was well. Her pretty plants had now become that much more interesting to me!
So flash forward a month, blooms abound, some single, mostly doubles, each different! And lots of the, the first blooms are still hanging, swelling with seeds, but still holding color, at 6 weeks, can't beat that!
They are slowing a bit, I may thin some "spent flowers" out, ill let the most mature seed out as they have a chance, being this early.
I've had my eye on this one bloom tho, it's showed about a week ago, well it opened and... I'm at a loss, it looks like Mickey Mouse and have a crest spadix!
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A single and a double flower from a month ago
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The whole plant that day
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And this was today...
Hardly simple or elegant... But wow!
I've been worried that these bloom oddities were a a result of geberillic acid treatment, after 6 weeks in ground with all the water and fert I've given there is no way!
I guess it's just a tissue culture mutation or some genetic mutation, I would like to know more but just wanted to share the strangness
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 9, 2013 8:05 PM CST

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That is one funky Cala Sway. I've never gotten a triple spadix, very cool. Here are some more mutant blooms.
Z. albomaculata, double spathes are pretty common and Z. Schwarzwalder.
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Evan
Kentucky 😔 (Zone 6a)
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Swayback
Jul 9, 2013 10:04 PM CST
Sadly the plant that had that flower is declining dramatically, I fear it may have started rotting, but I do know some callas go summer dormant... We shall see
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South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 10, 2013 4:09 PM CST
Yep, re summer dormancy, my huge clump of calla aetheopica are just about gone at the moment, but never fear! They do come back once it cools off again.

Mine bloom almost all fall, winter and spring. Sometimes they slow down if it gets cold, but it's never that cold here.
Elaine

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weddyperry
Jul 4, 2014 6:12 PM CST
how can I get a ordering catalog sent to my mailing address? P.O. box 1312 Greensburg Louisiana 70441 Smiling
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 5, 2014 7:04 PM CST
Hi weddyperry and welcome Welcome! to ATP. We aren't a commercial nursery site, this is a free site where gardeners talk about their plants.

Most mail order nurseries will send you catalogs free. You just need to contact them and ask. Be warned! Once you start getting catalogs in the mail you will get more and more, for years and years!

But most of the people on this site probably order their plants online, without a paper catalog. The pictures of the plants are much better on the websites than in a catalog.

So, first what kind of plants do you want to shop for? Google them and you will get dozens of nursery names. You can e-mail them - look for "Contact Us" on the home page and ask for a paper catalog, or just shop their websites and order directly.
Elaine

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OldGardener
Jul 18, 2014 7:37 PM CST
Welcome! to ATP WeddyPerry. If you go to the top of the page and then look to your left, there is something called the Green Pages in the left-most column. It can be very helpful in finding nurseries that have been recommended by other ATP members and, when you find a nursery that you are interested in, click on that nursery's name and you will see members' comments as well as a link to the website. I am always discovering new, great places that way. Again, Welcome! to ATP.
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