Why Buy Calla Lilies?
Indulge your taste for luxury with the beguiling beauty of Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia)
. Although not a true lily, these exquisite flowers have long been favourites of gardeners and floral designers. These summer-flowering calla lilies feature large, bell-shaped flowers with wide petals and a strong fragrance. Each large, elegant funnel-shaped bloom is formed from a single luminous, waxy petal that wraps around a spiky pistil. The arrowhead shaped leaves and long, smooth stems add to the lily's artistic appeal.
Most people think of Calla Lilies when it comes to wedding bouquets. That's because white calla lilies are said to be good luck for the wedding day. But calla lilies are quite popular in many flower arrangements and the garden. They grow well in borders, containers or even in the house as a houseplant. They come in many different colors and can be quite the attention getter in your garden or patio.
How to Grow Calla Lilies
These dramatic flowers are surprisingly easy to grow. In frost-free areas, grow Calla Lilies in a moist, sunny to semi-shady location with soil that has been amended with a lot of organic matter. Plant your calla lily bulbs in the spring, 6 inches deep and 12 inches apart in loose, well-drained soil. Calla lilies thrive in full sun to part shade. Plant the rhizomes 3" deep and 12-15" apart.
Once planted, they require little maintenance other than regular watering. Water liberally and feed monthly during the growing season. After the flowers fade, reduce the amount of water. In areas where Callas are not hardy, allow the plants to dry out. Dig the rhizomes and store in dry material for the winter. Hardy in Zones 9-11. Sleek, gorgeous Calla Lily flowers bloom in mid to late summer on stems reaching from 1 to 3 feet tall. Because of their extravagant, exotic appearance, Calla lilies are striking when planted in masses by themselves.
How to Care for Calla Lilies
Calla lilies are only hardy in the ground in the warm zones 8-10. In northern cooler zones 3-7 they may require to be lifted in the winter or you can just treat them like annuals. If you are familiar with lifting dahlias you will take the same steps storing calla lilies for winter. You will need to lift them after their leaves start to turn yellow and die back. To dig them up gently lift them with your spade and try not to cut into the rhizome. Lift them out of the ground and shake off all the soil on the rhizome.
You can store your calla lilies in a vented cardboard box or a paper bag. Place them in the box and add peat moss, vermiculite or wrap them in newspaper. Store them in a dark cool place around 50°F. Check to make sure they are not molding throughout the winter. Once spring arrives and no chances of frost, replant them in your desired space. If they have mold or are too soft and wilted, you may need to buy new rhizomes. Breck's will offer calla lilies each spring. They will ship in the spring at the right time to plant for your zone.
How to Help Calla Lilies Look their Best
Some gardeners create stunning backdrops by planting calla lilies behind shorter flowers, giving their beds a tropical look. Because calla lilies flower in so many brilliant colours, there is a variety to complement almost any landscaping scheme. White calla lilies are a perfect accompaniment to black-eyed Susans or other taller summer flowers, while red calla lilies
look magnificent placed amongst or near black callas
and daisies. Their splendid, sweeping curves add a note of luxury wherever they appear.
Choose from these superb calla lily bulbs for sale and bring elegance and artistry to your own home or garden with their graceful, lavish splendor!