Last Updated on 31/03/2020 by Shannen Godwin
Calla Lilies, also known as Zantedeschia, are beautiful flowers which offer an attractive colour range, are easy to cultivate and are suitable to be grown outdoors or as houseplants inside. These irresistible flowers produce blooms from May all the way through to October, and make excellent cut flowers as they have a long vase life of up to 2 weeks.
Calla Lily Top Picks
A stunning lavender-violet Zantedeschia which produces funnel shaped flower heads and glossy foliage.
Morning Sun is stunning Calla Lily with gradient petals blooming in yellow to pink shades.
A beautiful deep burgundy red Zantedeschia with sturdy green stems and large glossy speckled leaves.
This Calla Lily has glorious golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers which blend into green flecked foliage.
Rehmannii has creamy blush pink flowers contrasting with lovely green stems for a beautiful floral display.
These sizzling flowers become less yellow and more orange-red as they age, living up to their Flame name.
This vivid pink Zantedeschia stands out and will be a lovely bright addition to your summer garden.
Contrary to the name, this bright Calla Lily is actually an eye-catching yellow! The zesty flower sits on dark green foliage.
Zantedeschia grow best in full sun or partial shade and in organically rich, moist, well-drained soil. They are well suited for bog or marsh gardens, for planting near ponds and streams, or as border plants or for containers. When to plant: any time between Feb and June, but only after any danger of frost has passed.
IN THE GROUND
- Choose a sheltered position and add some well-rotted organic matter before planting.
- Plant the Zantedeschia tubers 10cm deep and about 30cm apart.
- Set the tubers with the growing tips facing up. Cover them with soil and water as needed. Mulch to keep down weeds and conserve soil moisture.
- Provide consistent moisture during the growing season and do not allow the soil to dry out.
- Calla Lilies can grow as tall as 2 to 4 feet, so a tall, narrow pot is better container than a wide, shallow one.
- Place the tuber so it is lying horizontally, with the eyes facing upwards.
- Cover the bulb loosely and give it enough water just to dampen the soil.
- Set your tall pots in a sunny spot where they will get a bit of shade in the afternoon and fill the saucer under the pot with water.
- Feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser once a month until the flowers have faded.
- Mulch annually in autumn with well rotted garden compost or manure.
- Snip off blossoms as they start to fade, using clean and sterilised gardening shears.