Calla lilly bulbs Description
Calla lilly bulbs Zantedeschia aethiopica (L.) Spreng. It grows is the accepted name of a species in the genus Zantedeschia. with large clumps of broad, arrow shaped dark green leaves up to 45 cm long. The inflorescences are large and are produced in spring, summer and autumn, with a pure white spathe up to 25 cm and a yellow spadix. The spadix produces a faint, sweet fragrance.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Calla lily and arum lily||Mix||Spring, summer and autumn||Up to 3 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Its preferred habitat is in streams and ponds or on the banks.
|Dappled sunlight or even light shade||Well-drained||ample water during the growing season||50 to 80 degrees F||Fertilize during the growing season with liquid fertilizer.|
Caring for Calla Lily
- Keep them adequately fertilized and watered, misting the plant every so often to keep the ambient humidity high.
- They are susceptible to aphids so, take a look closely and apply insecticide.
- Dig up the rhizomes in autumn, usually after the first frost and store for winter.
Typical uses of Calla Lily
Special features: Flowers
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: A number of cultivars have been selected as ornamental plants. The bloom’s sculptural qualities belie the ease with which you can grow your own florist quality cut flowers.
Medicinal use: NA
Grow calla lily bulbs in well-drained soil, especially in spring, to grow best and to avoid bulb rot. In the ground or containers apply a monthly dose of an organic fertilizer during the growing season. Keep container bulbs well watered for best growth. Harvest flowers in the cutting garden as they color up and open for indoor arrangements.
Deer, rabbits and other animals seem to avoid calla lilies and the bulbs have few insect pests other than slugs and snails in shady spots.
Once calla lilies have stopped flowering and the foliage begins to die back in fall, dig up and store the bulbs in cold climates. Even if growing calla lily bulbs in a warm climate, every few years dig up, divide and replant the bulbs to stimulate better growth and more flowering. Bring containers of calla lilies indoors in fall in cold climates to overwinter in a cool, dark basement.
In cold areas, after flowering, cut back spent blooms to prevent them from setting seed. Let the foliage naturally yellow and start to die. Then dig up the bulbs. Remove the foliage and cure the bulbs in a warm room for a few weeks. After curing, store the bulbs in a 50F to 60F basement or room in a box or perforated bag filled with slightly moistened peat moss. Check monthly in winter for rotting bulbs and discard.