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    Thread: Calla Lilly 'Hercules'

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      Calla Lilly 'Hercules'

      This past spring I saw a picture of Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Hercules' and while the white spotted leaves and large white bloom, made it attractive it was the description of it growing to 7' ( counting the inflorescence ) that really piqued my curiosity and I was a able to track down some seed. The seedlings grew with leaves of variable spotting...including some solid green....but this one is the champ. It is about five months since sprouting and the plant is already pushing 3 feet. With fall at hand I don't expect to get maximum growth until next year, but I can say 'Hercules" is a vigorous, well-named Calla. < g >
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      Beautiful leaves. Will it overwinter outside for you?
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      We are in 9b, so they would winter outside here....I think the given range for Calla is z8...but I do have a shadehouse I cover with fall poly and heat with a propane heater to hold 50-60 deg at night. That is where I keep my personal collection, so there is a chance, depending on the severity of the winter, I can keep Hercules from going dormant. I keep some tropical Impatiens that form a large basal caudex and can survive the FL summer heat in the shadehouse. I also grow a few species of tropical blueberry relatives in the shadehouse that have begun a bloom.

      I know Impatiens are popular ...I'll have to get pictures of some of my tropical models. < g >
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      Your tropical Impatiens are beautiful. I live in zone 7b and my Calla Lilies only came back two years. I think something underground ate them through the winter.
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      We have had a mild winter to date, no frost, and the Calla lilies did grow all winter and have been blooming for me. In the past, Calla lilies never particularly 'wowed' me, but these are big, beefy, robust plants and I think them gorgeous. < g > As seems to always happen, the green 'normal' plants are more vigorous than the spotted ( variegated ) ones, but that is fine by me. I have tried pollinating the blooms and if I get seed, I'll post here and will be glad to share.
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      Quote Originally Posted by CraigP View Post
      We have had a mild winter to date, no frost, and the Calla lilies did grow all winter and have been blooming for me. In the past, Calla lilies never particularly 'wowed' me, but these are big, beefy, robust plants and I think them gorgeous. < g > As seems to always happen, the green 'normal' plants are more vigorous than the spotted ( variegated ) ones, but that is fine by me. I have tried pollinating the blooms and if I get seed, I'll post here and will be glad to share.
      I've grown these, although your the horticultural expert, it doesn't seem that the "hercules" is anything other than a nickname. They love wet feet and shade. I was growing them directly in the water with nothing but large rocks holding them in place until; they got top-heavy and fell over... at which point I divided them and traded some. Here'
      s an old photo Where I laid out a tape measure on them. I've definitely grown them to 6' no problem in water and in the ground. with normal water and somewhat dryer soil they tend to stay closer to 3'-4'.
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      Some nice growth.. Craig



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      WoW! They are beautiful and huge. I have the ordinary green one inside that is about 18 inches or so. I may divide it and try some in my pond. I love the spotted one!
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      I'm thinking I may dig up a bunch and plant it at one of the outlets for when I flush the koi's settlement chamber weekly and see If I can hit a gargantuan height this year.
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