Plant Some Arum Lily Bulbs For Their Beautiful Flowers
Learn all about Calla Lily Plant Care. Grow Calla
Lilies for their magnificent flowers in perennial borders or as a house
This easy to grow perennial plant is great for flower bouquets and is popular for
Plant some calla lily bulbs into containers or grow them in borders or
The exotic looking flowers of the Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) make it a popular
perennial plant for cut flowers. This easy to grow perennial bulb is also
a great plant for a border or near a pond. They tolerate a wide range of growing conditions including boggy soils.
Their fleshy, arrow-shaped leaves and
flowers can grow up to 3 ft high and the plant is quite fast growing if provided with the right conditions.
Callas come in many varieties and colors. The most common and hardiest
one is Zantedeschia aethiopica with its white flowers. You will also
peach, pink or red varieties.
The more compact mini calla lily bulbs ('Little Gem', 'Perle von
Stuttgart') are more suitable for smaller flower beds and
Arum lilies like a well drained but moist soil. They tolerate a pH range
from 5.5 - 7.5 and like a sunny to semi-shaded position.
If you grow calla lilies in a rich, well fertilized soil you will have
Callas have their origin in South-Africa. Therefore they don't tolerate much frost.
If your soil freezes in the winter lift the rhizomes up in the
autumn. Dry them off in a sunny spot and store them frost-free in some moist moss peat or sawdust.
Replant the bulbs in the spring at a depth of about
Feeding And Watering
Your callas will start flowering during spring until the summer. During
this time it is very important that you feed and water the plants
regularly! You can use a general purpose organic fertilizer for this. Once
the plants have finished flowering stop the feeding and watering. The
arum lilies now enter their dormant phase.
If you are growing callas in a container you can repot them during July.
Take the root ball out of the pot and shake all the loose soil off the
You can also divide the rhizomes during this procedure.
Replant the bulbs with fresh potting soil and over-winter them at 50-60
degrees F (10-15 degrees C).