Calla Lilies

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Calla lilies are extremely popular for home gardeners due to their variety of colors, ease of care, and overall beauty. They are white, red, pink or orange in color. The white flower is what is most often thought of when referring to a calla lily.

They are a popular decoration for weddings and for churches at Easter time. The waxy flowers maintain their beauty for a long time in floral arrangements making them a good choice for floral arrangements.

Surprisingly, the calla lily is not a true lily. It is actually from the Araceae family. It is in the Zantedeschia genus. These lovely flowers are native to Southern Africa.

They are sometimes called trumpet lilies due to shape of their flower, or Lily of the Nile.

The flowers produce a faint, sweet fragrance.

Planting Calla Lilies

calla lilyStart your plants inside during the winter. Then plant outside in the spring after the last frost.

The most important aspect of growing calla lilies is where you plant them. They will require little care and are easy to care for if they are placed in the right area of your yard.

They should get plenty of sunlight and need to be in loose soil that drains properly.In colder climates they need direct sunlight but in southern, warmer climates they need some shade.

They will not survive in soggy soil so they must be planted in soil that drains properly.

Till the soil and remove any stones and debris. Add organic material to the soil.

Tubers should be planted about four inches deep and a foot apart. Add some mulch around plants to keep the soil moist and to help prevent weeds.

Calla lilies can also be kept inside in containers if you prefer. The soil should be loose and the pots should drain well. They will need pots that are large enough to allow them to grow. Repot as necessary.

Caring for Calla Lilies

calla liliesCalla lilies do best in moist (not soggy) soil so they should be watered at least weekly. Do not over water.

Monthly fertilizer is also a good idea.

Once the plants have stopped flowering they need a dormant time when they are not watered.

Winter Care

In cold climates calla lilies will need to be dug up after the first frost, placed in peat moss and kept in a dry, dark storage area for the winter. Replant the next spring.

In warmer climates they still need to be allowed to die off for two months so they can bloom again the next year.

These lovely flowers add beauty to any garden or flower bed. Some will grow as tall as four feet.

Please note: The roots of the calla lily contain a poison called oxalic acid. If you have children or pets you need to be aware of this and take caution. If these roots are ingested call poison control immediately.

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