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Getting a Cala Lilly to bloom

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by swarm on April 01, 2005 11:39 PM
We bought a Cala Lilly about 4 years ago in bloom, took it home and potted it in a bigger pot and has never bloomed since. It does go dormant every winter and comes up in spring no problem, very healthy. I live in Seattle, zone 7-8ish and it gets a lot of sunlight (believe it or not) mostly from south and west. Does anyone know the prefered light/dark hours it will take to make this thing bloom? Should I give it a blooming fertilizer mix at some point. If I remember the flowers were yellow, perhaps the Mint Julip variety, but its been so long I cant be sure. The leaves are the medium green with clear/white spots. I am hopeful that it may bloom this year as it has more stalks than any year so far, with some stalks yielding two leaves.
Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks
by weezie13 on April 02, 2005 12:26 AM
Hey Swarm,
Welcome to The Garden Helper's Forum..
We are very glad you found us!!!

Got a couple of questions for you?????

When you repotted it, how deep did you plant the bulb??

What kind of dirt did you use?

And have you given it any type of fertilizer before?

And do you let it go dormant thru the winter?

Weezie

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by swarm on April 02, 2005 01:10 AM
Dont know what Im doing just yet, hope this comes through lol [Razz] Anyhow we replanted it at the same depth it was, maybe 3 inches. We have given it sporadic organic fertilizer but not much, usually just water. Should I give it some bloom fertilizer?
I was hoping there was a light/dark formula I could get so I can put it in the bathtub/dark at night for the set number of hours. We used some generic potting soil, unfertilized I believe. And yes it goes dormant in winter and comes up like blazes in spring. The pot is fairly small too, maybe only 10 inch.
by mike57 on April 04, 2005 10:47 AM
HI [wayey] you might try and take another flower and use it to polinate your Cala Lilly this might work for you they need to be visted by bees or some thing to help polinate them to bloom. they like a lot of sun and water.hope this helps.your friend in gardening.mike57 [wayey] [flower] [flower]

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by weezie13 on April 04, 2005 06:48 PM
I was wondering about the depth of the bulb
being planted.... I've read that if you plant a bulb too deep, what happens is... the bulb has stored energy, from the previous year... when it's time to go up to the top of the soil in the spring time, it uses "X" amount of energy to get there, and "Y" amount of energy to a flower going up...
But, if you've planted a bulb toooo deep, it takes the "X" amount of energy to get to the top, but because it's too deep, it then takes the "Y"
energy to get to the rest of the way to the top.
Thus, no flower.... the bulb may stay healthy enough to keep growing green leaves every year,
but not enough to flower...

That's only a guess???

I would also use some Alfalfa Meal if you can find some, it's a good organic product and good for flowering...
Also, a quick shot of something like a "Spray~n~Grow" or "Shultz Plus 10~50~10"
That will help with the flowering part...

Weezie

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by mike57 on April 04, 2005 08:50 PM
HI [wayey] I agree with Weezie it might be planted to deep also fertilise byweekly.i found this site for planting and care for you plant hope this will help you.
http://www.flowersbulbs.com/retailbulbcare.cfm
your friend in gardening mike57. [wayey] [flower] [flower]

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