Jamie V.
Sun, 18 Jun 2006 23:09:30 PDT

although I agree that provenance is important, I have found that the 
same clone of Z. aethiopica will survive in my pond, but not in my 
garden!  Apparently, under the water it is assured a constant rest 
during the Winter.  I believe the repeated freeze-thaw of my typical 
Cologne Winter simply breaks the dormancy of the plant in the garden and 
the next frost weakens it until it finally succumbs.  All of the 
Zantedeschia I have grown, mainly cultivars from the garden centre, have 
faired well in the garden and their ancestors apparently come from dryer 
areas, while Z. aethiopica seems to be quite aquatic in nature.  Again, 
this may be a question of provenance.  These garden centre cultivar do 
not appreciate wet Winters, however, and often suffer.  I have since 
learned to plant them in sandy clay.

Also, 'Green Goddess' does not survive for me in or out of water!


Jamie V.

John Grimshaw schrieb:

>In view of the appparently abject failure of Zantedeschia aethiopica to
>perform in Mid-West gardens, has any thought been given to provenance? The
>species is very widespread in South Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope
>itself in coastal fynbos to the marshes of the Drakensberg. It has always
>seemed to me that it gained its reputation for tenderness in Europe because
>winter-growing Cape material was the first to be grown, whereas if it had
>been of Drakensberg(summer-rainfall) origin the story might have been very
>different. I wonder if the hardy clone 'Crowborough' is not one of these
>mountain plants. The fact that 'Green Goddess' grows in some places proves
>that there are clones of the species that can tolerate the climate - seek
>and ye shall find (one hopes). Another form that I have found remarkably
>hardy is 'Marshmallow' ('Kiwi Blush') which survbives and flourishes in open
>wet ground in Holland. In the UK at present it is difficult to judge because
>almost all clones survive outside. Plants grown from seeds collected on the
>Sani Pass (lower end!) are extremely vigorous here and a crop of seedlings
>is appearing around them this year. I will collect this year's seed.
>John Grimshaw
>Dr John M. Grimshaw
>Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens
>Sycamore Cottage
>Nr Cheltenham
>Gloucestershire GL53 9NP
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