Brilliant pops of colour.
Calla lilies are a very popular flower for weddings and during Easter. They are available in a variety of colours and bi-colours. Cut Calla Lily flowers can last a long time in floral displays.
|Light||Light shade or full sun|
|Water||Ensure soil is moist or boggy|
|Temperature||Prefer full sun in mild climates, light shade in hot climates|
Calla Lily plants (Zantedeschia aethiopica) are native to marshlands of South Africa but have gained popularity in gardens in the United States as marginal pond plants and container plants. Calla lily flowers, also called trumpet lilies or Lily of the Nile, most often have waxy-white flowers that gracefully twist and curl, ending in a delicate point. Calla lily flowers can also come in yellow, purple, pink, orange or red, and the dark green, heart-shaped foliage can also be variegated with white spots.
Provide the best care for your Calla Lily by keeping it in well-draining, loose potting soil. Add coffee grounds to the calla lily’s plant container to make the soil more acidic. Although this container plant can live year-round when in appropriate climates, allow it to die back for about two months each year. This will give your calla lily flower some rest and allow it to come back with better blooms in the next growing season. During the rest period, you can dig up and store the tubers or keep them in dry potting soil.
The Calla Lily flower requires part shade (full sun in cooler climates). Keep the potting soil damp but not too wet, as the plant’s bulb may rot. Dark leaf tips may mean you are overwatering. After the Calla Lily has flowered and begins to die back, stop watering so the bulb can dry out and be stored until the next growing season. Fertilize with a bulb fertilizer monthly. Stop fertilizing once the Calla Lily plant has bloomed.
Many people discard the plants after the blooms are spent, but this isn’t really necessary. Simply cut off the flowering head, let the plant rest with reduced water, and resume its normal care. It should flower naturally in spring.
Calla Lily Varieties