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Growing Calla Lilies

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These perennial bulbs require some special care to produce exquisite late spring flowers. This guide is about growing calla lilies.


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February 14, 2006

Botanical Name:


Life Cycle:

perennial bulb

Planting Time:

spring to early summer; plant tubers in fall if using as houseplants


18" to 24"


full sun to light shade


rich, moist, well-drained soil; tolerates areas too moist for other bulbs


hardy to frost-free zones; bulbs can be dug up and stored over winter in cooler zones

Bloom Time:

late spring


variety of colors




Seeds, division in early spring, basil cuttings in summer.

Suggested Use:

beds, borders, bouquets and flower arrangements

Growing Hints:

Calla lilies need to be planted deeply for their size. Plant them at a depth of 4 inches, spacing each bulb 12 inches apart. In cooler zones, start bulbs indoors in late winter and transplant them in the spring when danger of frost has passed. Apply a bulb fertilizer monthly during the active growing season. Calla lilies can also be grown as house plants if placed in a sunny window. Most Calla lilies need a rest period after flowering, so gradually withhold water until the leaves die back and let plants rest for 2 to 3 months before resuming watering to encourage new growth.

Interesting Facts:

Calla lilies are often used in wedding bouquets because their meaning signifies magnificence and beauty.
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October 3, 20080 found this helpful

If calla lilies are planted outdoors, should you leave them in the ground during the winter or bring them inside? I live in Memphis and have frost during the winter.

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April 18, 20170 found this helpful

A grove of calla lilies in the woods.

If planted in a suitable place in your garden your calla lilies will produce more bulbs. They can become overwhelming if not controlled or thinned out. This is a guide about, "Do calla lilies spread?".


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A calla lily in a garden outside.

Depending on your planting zone you can grow calla lilies outside in the ground or in pots, which help prevent spread. This is a guide about planting a calla lily outside.


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A white calla lily.

The pods that develop as your calla lily blooms fade are in fact seed pods. Callas multiply by reseeding and new bulb development. This is a guide about growing calla lilies from pods.



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February 22, 2017

I have tried to find out the name of this particular calla lily. I have seen some that are close but, not like it. I would appreciate it if someone could tell me. Thank you.

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

I got it several years ago from Home Depo in a bag that was marked as a mixture of Cally lilies. Was the only one like it. Company was Bulbs dig drop done

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

This looks like a hybrid Green Goddess with some other variety. It was possibly a one-of-a-kind kind

onestly, it doesn't look like a calla lily. I've never heard of a calla lily with a flower growing inside of it in that way. I also did a lot of googling and came up blank. But it may be some bizarre new hybrid that arose spontaneously or was designed that way.

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March 1, 20170 found this helpful

A "double" calla lily is a mutation. It's basically a twin lily. The variety is probably White Spotted leaf Calla Lily (Zantedeschia albomaculata). You just have a very unusual one.

https://garden.  ts/photo/133197/

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April 26, 2016

I ordered calla seeds. I received small bulbs some with shoots. The size is about 1/5" to 1/3". I planted them in a plastic tray each individually and covered with a dome to create a medium for growth. I don't know if I did the right thing. I also put them in a cool dark place. I got them in small plastic bags without instructions. Please help. I am starting a garden and probably need professional help. I live in zone 8.

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April 28, 20160 found this helpful

Get the corms (I think) out of the cool dark place and into a pot filled with good soil. Place the pot outside.  ch?v=Gym0td2XjDk

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April 1, 2011

Where I am going to try to plant my calla lily is facing west and gets afternoon sun, but gets morning shade. Is that alright for them?

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Nancy from Citrus Heights, CA

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

That should be fine. Callas are the only lilies that will grow in shade.

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Yes, thats perfect

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June 24, 20120 found this helpful

We recently got a calla lily and it has small droplets on the end of it's leaves. What are they?

By Stan D.

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July 10, 20120 found this helpful

In your Calla Lily water is absorbed through the roots and travels up through the plant. Most of the water taken up like this is 'lost' to evaporation. What water is left behind for the plant to use is for tissue growth, etc. The evaporation action works like a pumping station which pulls water (and fertilizer and anything else dissolved in the water) up through the plant. This is how plant tissues function. When a plant grows in very wet conditions, or is watered generously, it absorbs moisture and builds up pressure inside the cell walls. Holes in the leaves are forced open and water may drip giving the appearance that the lily is 'crying'.

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May 21, 20140 found this helpful

I just purchased a calla lily in a 2 quart pot. I put it into a 12 inch pot, but I can not get the lily to stand up after being planted. Some of the lily broke off. I did put water on the roots before planting. Also I put water in the pot after I planted it.

By Paulette H

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July 7, 20130 found this helpful

We have a lot of calla lilies, but few actually flower. What's up with that!

By Doyle

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May 20, 2009

My calla lily blooms are not standing up straight. They are almost looking wilted. Is this a sign of not enough water or too much water? I have never had one before and am a little stumped. Please help.

Hardiness Zone: 7b

By cathy29627 from Anderson, SC

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May 22, 20090 found this helpful

When I needed information about the Calla Lily, this is the site I used. Lots of useful info.

http://www.esso  callali_rncg.htm

Hope this helps. Karyn

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April 10, 20130 found this helpful

Why do the flowers droop over? Do they need to be cut?


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January 27, 2010

I live in the Deep South and have had Calla lilies for many years that I don't have to dig up in the winter. However, this winter we had several days in a row of freezing weather. I cut back all the damage to the head of the bulb. My questions is: Will the bulbs make new leaves (I already had a lot of green growth) or should I start all over?

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Debbie from Destrehan, LA

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