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Overwintering Calla Lilies

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Depending on your zone your calla lilies can either be left in the ground over the winter or will need to be dug up, dried out, and kept indoors. This is a guide about overwintering calla lilies.


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April 11, 2010

Do calla lily bulbs need to be dug up in the winter?

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By Chelle from Savannah, TN


April 11, 20101 found this helpful
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I also live in central VA--Zone 7 and according to packaging labels the Calla Lilies are not hardy to Zone 7. I did dig mine up the first year (about 10 years ago). What a job!! I decided then that they weren't worth it and I would buy new ones every year. Didn't have to buy new ones because they have come back every year since.

In the fall I cut the old foliage down and just leave it on the bed as an insulation. I have so many now that I am giving them to all our neighbors and relatives. This past winter was one of the coldest in many years. I'll just have to wait & see if they come back. If you live any further north than zone 7 you may need to dig them up or treat them as an annual.
Sandy, Richmond, VA

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Can I leave my Calla lily outside in the winter?



Overwintering Calla Lilies

I don't see where you live, however, I live in central VA-zone 7. I have calla lilies which have come back over the last 8-10 years. They say they are not hardy to zone 7, but mine are in a front flower bed facing west. I believe it is because that is the warmest bed with the sun hitting the bed the most year round. I love them. Good luck. (07/13/2009)


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