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Zantedeschia without flowers

I overwintered my Zantedechia rhizomes in a paper bag and planted them out in containers in early May. So far I have a lush growth of leaves but not a sign of any flowers coming up. Am I being impatient? I know they take about 3 months to flower from planting but I thought there would be some sign of flowering by now.


  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    The most popular form of Zantedeschia, aethiopica, the large white one, is commonly known as the Easter lily.

    Easter is when they are supposed to flower - in April.

    I have some of those growing in containers. I simply move the containers into a frost free place during the worst of the Winter, and move them outside March time. We can still get frosts during April.

    You can find novelty coloured varieties in garden centres, which are in flower now. I don't know much about those, how they should be cared for, or when they naturally flower.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    The more colourful ones generally need more sunshine and warmth to flower. I have one at home which started flowering only a week or so ago, and it was planted in about April.

    I'd agree that they are best kept in their pots over winter, it seems to give them a head start.

  • LokelaniLokelani Posts: 112

    I've always left mine in, the large white ones & they flowered well for years, just disappearing below the ground in winter & back up reliably every year. 

    They have stopped flowering come to think of it though, just big green leaves. Maybe they need dividing?

    One is in the bog garden, one in a sunny bed. I am about 8 miles in from the south coast, so relatively mild. 

  • lilly3lilly3 Posts: 52
    Thank you for the advice. I don't know the variety but it is about 14 inches high and almost a chocolate/ purple colour, quite gorgeous when it flowers. Maybe it's the freakish weather this year and I live in Lancashire where it's not as warm as the south.
  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    I know the type. That's one of the small and colourful varieties, that needs sun and warmth, and TLC.

    If it's only a small pot then it should be fairly easy to bring it inside during the Winter. I don't know whether you can keep them as houseplants.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    In my experience they tend to get a bit lanky - they really do need plenty of light.

  • i had a good sized clump of the large white variety growing in a bed about 2 foot from the front of my house which i left in year after year and it always done well. i moved house at the start of march and couldnt bare to leave them them, so i dug them up and they split naturally into 3 seperate clumps which i have planted around the edge of my new garden. They have all done fantastic this year with plenty of flowers per clump, Im going to leave them in again this winter as per usual and see how they do further away from the house.

    fingers crossed.... i will post in spring to let you know how they got on!

  • It's September now and my zantedeschia has had  very healthy looking leaves for about 3weeks but no flowers. It is in the ground in a very sunny spot in my front garden don't know if to move it into a pot? When I put it there last year the deep Auvergne coloured flowers were beautiful

  • I have the huge white zantedeschia in the pond, they flower magnificantly every year without ant care, just cut down the manky leaves in autumn.
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