Calla - Araceae - How to care for and grow Calla plants
HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR OUR PLANTS
THE EXPERIENCES AND TESTIMONIALS OF DARIO TOFFOLON
We insert this testimony to highlight the passion, dedication, skill, patience but above all the love that Dario has towards these creatures, demonstrating that love has no sex, no shape, no color. (editor's note)
Hello, here too I bring my little experience. I cultivate these magnificent plants in the ground (both white and green and pink flowers), in the mountains, where the temperature is cold in winter. the rhizomes are at a depth of at least 30 - 40 cm, just to prevent them from being reached by frost and rotting. every year I enjoy MAGNIFICENT blooms and the leaves, generous and vivid, are no less showy than the flowers. the leaves last until the first snowfalls, which destroy them (but the plants do not immediately give up continuing to grow. so new leaves emerge, with difficulty, in the snow. sooner or later the cold will get the better of them and they will re Easter period). in the meantime all the arum grow luxuriantly (among the ice!), whose leaves are similar to that of the calla, which belongs to the same family. these incredible araceae grow in winter and bloom in spring (some also at other times of the year) and have a summer dormancy (they would be ideal for those who want to grow them in pots and do not give up on long summer holidays! the plant will wait to grow back in the following autumn). the amazing thing is to see the leaves completely frozen (they crack like glass, at night, if you try to bend them, with temperatures of many degrees below zero) or "englobed" by boulders of ice which, when thawed, rise as if if nothing happened.
I also have many photos of these. I immediately send some of the current ones (among the ice) but as soon as I can I will prepare a card with blooms and more details.
N.B .: not everything I breed proves to withstand the rigors of winter, nor have all the "experiments" on tolerance to frost given positive results. unfortunately there have also been numerous failures (unfortunate but also useful for learning; I will not fail to tell them when I send information on the plants in question), perhaps based on data found on the internet about the characteristics of plants that I was trying to breed for the first time. the best thing in these cases is not just to read the information that appears on the first site found but to read MANY sites (especially English, German and Dutch: Italy is very "poor" in information, enthusiasts and culture towards plants) comparing the indications given. unfortunately there is no lack of completely improper indications and only in this way can sensational failures be avoided.
the rest is done by luck but also by our sensitivity to nature which, on a purely instinctive level, makes us understand that something is wrong even when appearances would not prove it. and it is that instinct that has sometimes allowed me to "save" rare and delicate plants from certain death.
a warm greeting
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