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Calla Lily Care

One bulb-like plant found at garden centers but seldom purchased is the calla lily.
Possibly the plants look too exotic to grow in your yard or maybe you've had a little bad luck in the past. This can change by giving the plants just a little extra care.

Calla lilies grow from rhizomes. Gardeners can pick from the traditional white or yellow flowered types or give one of the pink, orange or red hybrids a try. Normally they are purchased as a small cluster of rhizomes ready for planting. They can be planted in the ground but appear to do better in a container where you can better control the water.

Calla Lilies

Plant in a six inch or larger container filled with potting soil. Sink the rhizomes an inch or two deep in the soil. Then moisten the planted container until water runs from the bottom. Set the pot in a saucer and allow the excess water to collect and be available for plant use. Part of the secret to calla care appears to be keeping the growing plants moist.

Following are a few more tips to help care for callas started from rhizomes or purchased as flowering plants.

Grow the plants with morning sun and afternoon shade or a full day of filtered sun.

Water when the surface of the soil just begins to dry.

Feed lightly with a 20-20-20 or similar fertilizer solution every other week.

Protect from winds that could damage the foliage and blooms.

Control chewing insects as needed with natural treatments.
Most calla lilies bloom in 8 to 10 weeks from the planted rhizomes. Some may need two years of culture to produce their first flowers. The blooms and foliage usually declines by early summer. Keep the rhizomes in their containers and on the dry side until ready to grow again during the fall and winter months.