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Winter protection for zantedeschia/arum lily

31 October 2010 12:12:35

Hi all,

My arum lilies, are just about evergreen in my fairly sheltered rear garden which is closely situated by the coast. Except for a nasty wind lashing they stand up well throughout the winter. However the severe winter frosts last year turned the lush leafy growth to pulp. All the same they recovered, although were slower by about two months since they lost all of their top growth. Now they are stronger and lusher than before, but did not bloom perhaps due to the energy put into regrowing.

I am in two minds whether to cut them down now and protect the crowns for this coming winter, or whether to take my chances again and leave them uncovered. They are too big for a standard cloche, measuring about 4ft square. A home made mini polytunnel is about the only other solution that I can imagine. But this solution is expensive.

Anyone have another suggestion or comments please?

They were my only garden casualty last winter,lol.

artalis :-0

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 October 2010 12:20:37

Mine pulled through last winter too. I never cut mine down. It usually dies down itself. But not completely. Welcome to Garden.ie

artalis artalis 31 October 2010 12:36:57

Thanks Jacinta,

Happy to make your acquaintance here in the gardening club. Looking forward to sharing gardening ideas and getting to know you better.

Thanks for sharing your experience with this beautiful lily. Interestingly, the more tender cannas which were unprotected but hibernating underground, did ok.

I would just like the arum lily to flower next year, but if it has to regrow from scratch all over again, don't know if it will be able for a flower display.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 October 2010 12:42:48

My one was slower than usual this year, and it only produced the one flower. But it is well and truly alive. So I am hoping for the usual beautiful display for next year. Fingers crossed that this winter won't be so bad.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 October 2010 12:43:38

Do you ever feed yours?

artalis artalis 31 October 2010 12:51:38


Yeah, I miss those elegant tall flowers.........we'll see what happens nxt yr.

Was thinking about feeding them, it could help. Didn't feed them this year anyway.

Got to dash off to work now. Have a lovely day... and chat again.



Clara Clara 31 October 2010 13:00:14

Welcome Artlis from me also.

fran m fran m 31 October 2010 17:38:13

Wellcome to the site. A sister promised mean Arum last year, think I may have to go and dig it out myself :-))

Cloncaw Cloncaw 31 October 2010 17:47:01

Welcome to the site - was wondering what to do with my Arum lilies first year growing so interested in suggestions as to what to do with them.

Hosta Hosta 31 October 2010 19:27:06

Welcome to Garden.ie and hope you enjoy. You will learn lots and get great ideas and advice, the only problem is that it will become addictive!!!

Mairin Mairin 31 October 2010 21:39:13

Welcome to garden.ie.  I leave my arum lilies in the ground but this year, I had no flowers on either plant.  I have both of them covered with a good layer of bark. 

fraoch fraoch 31 October 2010 21:41:24

Welcome again. I never do anything with my Arum, i always think of it as half wild! It does go mushy some years but it always seems to recover.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 01 November 2010 14:41:03

Welcome to the club! Like everyone else, my arums went to mush last winter and were slow to recover but did bloom but maybe not so many. I will take a chance on them but maybe give them a mulch of straw or farmyard manure.

Periwinkle Periwinkle 01 November 2010 14:41:05

Welcome to the club! Like everyone else, my arums went to mush last winter and were slow to recover but did bloom but maybe not so many. I will take a chance on them but maybe give them a mulch of straw or farmyard manure.

artalis artalis 02 November 2010 13:19:19

Thanks everyone for all your comments and the welcome here.

It seems that, the arums didn't do as well last year all round.

The leaves are great by themselves, but flowers would be nice nxt time.


Perhaps some better protection this year, might work?

Lìga Lìga 07 November 2010 22:27:17

Welcome on site:)!I left my zantedeschias in ground last year,because i was angry at them,they didn't flowering before.This spring,for my big surprise they come back,and flowered too.


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