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Calla Lilies

Calla Lily - Tips on Growing and Caring for Calla Lilies

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

Do not be intimidated by their beauty, calla lilies are easy to grow. They are planted as rhizomes which look like little clusters of dirt. But on each rhizome, you should see eyes or little shoots that are ready to sprout and grow. They need to be planted in the spring after the threat of a frost and will thrive in zones 3-10 but only hardy in the ground in zones 8-10. Plant them in a sunny location or part shade. They like moist well drained soil. Plant them 3" deep and about a foot apart. Once planted it may take a couple weeks for them to sprout. Once they sprout, they will grow quickly. Water liberally and feed them monthly with fertilizer.

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Growing Calla Lilies in Containers

If you want a jump start on the blooms you can plant in pots indoors in the winter or early spring and then bring them out to the warmer weather. Calla lilies perform very well in pots and containers. Mix them with some annuals for a dramatic display. Use fertilizer in your containers monthly.

Calla Lilies as Cut flowers

The Calla lily flower is perfect for bouquets. Plant your calla lily bulbs in containers or in a raised bed for cut flowers. They look so great paired with other lilies, roses, lily of the valley, and many other flowers in your garden. They can last up to two weeks in a vase.

How to care for Calla Lilies in the winter

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.

How to store calla lilies

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.

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