Growing: Calla Lily

Botanical Name:

Zamtedescjoa

Life Cycle:

perennial bulb

Planting Time:

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

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Height:

18" to 24"

Exposure:

full sun to light shade

Soil:

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

Hardiness:

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

Bloom Time:

late spring

Flower:

variety of colors

Foliage:

green

Propagation:

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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April 30, 20060 found this helpful

i would like to see a diagram of the specific parts of this lily

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

Planted seeds from pods and they are all growing. Will these develop tubers and will they bloom this year?

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March 6, 20080 found this helpful

I'd also like to see a specific diagram of the calla lily.

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May 3, 20080 found this helpful

How long does it take before the calla begins to sprout after planting? I planted my Royal Blue indoors to transplant outside aftr danger of frost has past. It has been about 6 weeks and no sprout. What up. I am in St. Paul, Minnesota and we have had a slow spring with little sun. Pot are however in a warm room.

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July 13, 20080 found this helpful

For the person in St Paul, I spoke with a neighbor this morning and she doesn't plant her Calla Lilies until May. You might have started a bit early.

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September 2, 20080 found this helpful

I am wondering, my blooms turned to big pods of seed. Can I use them for new plant's and will they bloom?

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October 3, 20080 found this helpful

If calla lilys 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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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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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

I was given a calla lily for Christmas last year as a bulb. I had it outside this summer in a pot, I brought it inside for winter. I noticed this week that there are water droplets at the tip of each leaf. Is this due to being over watered? Or is this normal? I never saw such a thing.

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