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Asked by
PriceyP on
March 5, 2013

Q. Arum Lily

I have a purple Arum growing in the front garden and up until this year it has flowered every year giving me a beautiful purple bloom every year. This year it flowered and was yellow, then turned to seed. How do I go about saving this seed, as the head is now very heavy and the seeds are still green?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
March 5, 2013
A.

Callas can indeed be grown from seed. Once seed development begins, the flower fades. You will notice the “bumps” on the calyx enlarging; the weight will begin to pull the stem to the ground. This is normal. In time the seed capsules will begin to turn yellow and become mushy to the touch. It appears it's beginning to "rot" but this is all part of the process. At this point, the seed are mature, and each capsule contains at least one or two seeds, each resembling a miniature tuber, about 2 mm in size. Harvesting the seed is a bit messy; just gently squish out the individual seeds. Plant the seed 1/4" deep, space them about 1/2" apart. Cover lightly, and keep them warm, well lit & moist. Germination is erratic, and could take several weeks. Transplant after they've grown two or three leaves. Under optimum growing conditions, you might get a bloom in the second year; otherwise, expect something in the third year.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 16, 2014

Q. Arum Lilies

My white Arum lilies had beautiful blooms, but for the past 2 years they are not flowering and the leaves have large brown/yellow holes in them. Could you please advise?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 16, 2014
Certified Expert
A.

Arum lilies can sometimes be tricky to get to rebloom.  This article will help you (Calla is another name for Arum): https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/calla-lily/make-calla-lily-bloom.htm

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Asked by
gouldian on
November 21, 2016

Q. Colored Arum Lily

Why is it that the flowers change color? I have a number of colors and I have noticed a nice yellow changes into pink, and sometimes orange. Also, the Picaso color changes from the two-tone to cream or light purple and sometimes almost green. A chocolate color has changed to red. Has anybody else experienced the same or have an explanation for what is happening?

Regards,
DEON ERASMUS
PORT ELIZABETH.

Answered by
Alisma on
November 22, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Here is an explanation for why the colored flowers change to green or a streaked green color. Calla lilies are a type of arum lily.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/calla-lily/green-calla-lily-blooms.htm

There are also varieties that change color as they mature; This is a varietal trait.

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Asked by
Joan Wisely on
December 17, 2016

Q. where to find the Dracunculus arum lily?

My father brought one of these plants home in the late 1940s. Of course, Mother made him plant it way off in the backyard. I would like to get one for my son as a gift. I live in Oceanside, CA. San Diego County.

Thank you, Joan.

Answered by
Alisma on
December 18, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

This plant seems to be rare and difficult to track down. Your best bet might be to contact gardening societies and clubs in your area and ask whether anyone has this plant. Or, search on the internet for a bulb from a reputable dealer. They are supposed to be difficult to grow from seed.

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Asked by
mellers318 on
March 26, 2017

Q. Unknown plant

I cannot identify this plant which has popped up at random corners of my garden, I didn’t plant it and am treating it with a large cup of suspicion! Anybody help?

Answered by
Alisma on
March 27, 2017
Certified Expert
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Asked by
Gail Middleton on
June 26, 2017

Q. Identify this plant

This is growing in garden, this year I have had two blossoms…last year only one.
If you have a name for it I can do more research so I can grow more.
It is blooming now….June 25th. Photo attached.
The blossom is about 20 inches long (not including a stem) Total about 3 feet from the ground

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 26, 2017
Certified Expert
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