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Even though the calla lily (Zantedeschia sp.) is not a true lily, it is a beautiful flower.
This beautiful plant comes in many different colours and grows from rhizomes.
It works well in beds and along borders. Calla lilies can also be grown in pots, either outside or inside near a sunny window.
Here are some tips to make your calla lilies shine in your yard.
Tips on Growing Calla Lilies
Calla lilies are a breeze to grow. Generally speaking, these plants don’t need a lot of attention.
When cultivating calla lilies, proper planting and location are the most crucial considerations.
Calla lilies need to be planted in loose, well-drained soil in order to thrive. In hotter regions, they prefer a location with full or partial sun.
In the spring, calla lilies are commonly planted. Wait to plant calla lilies after the risk of frost has passed and the soil temperature has warmed sufficiently.
For best results, calla lilies should be planted at least 4 inches (10 cm.) deep and spaced about a foot (0.5 m.) apart.
Water the area thoroughly after planting. To keep your calla lilies flourishing, water them regularly and use fertiliser once a month.
Calla Lilies Care
When it comes to caring for calla lilies, the only real requirements are to keep them moist and nourished.
Maintaining a moist and weed-free environment around your plants is made easier with an adequate covering of mulch.
The calla lily’s dormant stage begins once the flowers are done blooming.
Allow the plant to die back at this time by not watering it as frequently.
Calla lilies can be grown in containers, but once the leaf has faded, they should be moved to a dark location.
For the first two to three months, regular watering can be resumed.
However, in warmer climates, calla lilies should be taken out of the ground and kept for the winter.
Planting Calla Lilies
When to plant: Callas can be planted from February to June (but after the danger of frost is past).
Where to plant: Make sure the soil is improved and well-drained in a sunny to a somewhat shady location.
How to plant: Plant the tuber-like rhizomes in the ground or in pots with loose, permeable soil.
Design Idea for Calla Lilies
For borders and landscapes: Calla lilies can be used in mass plantings, mixed borders, and along streams or bogs in the landscape.
For slopes and hillsides: Scattered in clumps, either alone or with other plants.
For containers: If you live in a warm climate, you can grow the calla lily in a pot as an indoor houseplant. Combine with other plants that have similar cultural requirements, or grow it on its own for best results.
It is possible to incorporate calla lilies into your house or landscape in a variety of ways. In this manner:
- For best results, place the plant in an attractive pot on a patio or deck where you can get a close look at the flowers.
- Place a houseplant in a room with a window that gets plenty of natural light, such as the living room or kitchen.
- Cut calla lily spathes arranged in a tall vase with a slim neck make an exquisite centrepiece.
- If you want a continuous display of summer colour as other perennials and shrubs to come and go, place your plant near the front of the mixed border.
- Among other plants like hostas, ferns, and astilbes, use calla lilies to brighten a woodland border that is partially covered by trees.
- Underplant with groundcovers like Lamium, creeping Jenny, or bugleweed when planting calla lilies in a mass.
- Groundcovers, shrubs and perennials can be planted on an incline to provide year-round colour.
- A dramatic tropical-looking show can be achieved by planting beside a pond, stream, or waterfall with water-loving plants like gunnera, ligularia, or elephant ears.
Companion plants: Cut dahlias and gladiolus for a long-lasting cutting garden.
Creeping Jenny, New Guinea impatiens, ferns, and astilbes are good partners.
You can plant petunias and dusty miller in the same container as heliotropes and dichondra.
Indoor Calla Lilies Care
If you’ve just received a potted calla lily as a gift, they make wonderful houseplants.
Here are a few tips for caring for Callas indoors:
- Keep the soil moist, but not soggy
- Provide bright, indirect light
- Apply liquid fertilizer monthly while in the flower
- Keep away from heating and A/C vents
- Reduce watering when the plant enters dormancy (November)
- Cut the leaves off at soil level once they’ve died
- Allow calla to rest in a cool, dark area during dormancy
- Report annually before the growing season
Care of Calla Lilies Over Winter
Remove any soil from the rhizomes by digging them out in the fall after the first frost.
Rhizomes should be dried for a few days before being stored in the winter.
To keep calla lilies fresh, they should be placed in peat moss and kept in a cold, dry place, ideally in the dark, until warmer weather returns in the springtime.
On the other hand, calla lilies can be grown inside during colder months and transplanted into their natural habitat in springtime.
When calla lilies are dormant, they can also be divided.
Calla lilies are easy to grow and require minimal care. In the landscape or as houseplants, growing calla lilies is a terrific way to add colour.
These suggestions for growing calla lilies will help you get the most out of these beautiful flowers.