How To Plant Calla Lilies

Last Updated on 13/04/2021 by Shannen Godwin


Zantedeschia, often known as Calla lilies, are popular exotic looking plants that are native to South Africa. If you’re new to gardening, or would like to learn how to plant Zantedeschia, you’ve come to the right place! This handy guide includes everything you need to know about planting and caring for Zantedeschia (Calla Lilies).

How to Plant Zantedeschia

Learning how to plant Zantedeschia is as easy as pie! They like moist, well-drained soil and prefer to be planted closer to the surface. Where possible, plant them in a sunnier location. As a native to Africa, they will appreciate it!

Plant the tubers shallow, so the top of the tubers are slightly exposed. Water freely and apply a balanced fertiliser every two weeks until the flowers have faded. Keep slightly moist in winter.

Each tuber will produce several stems, perfect for creating cut flowers. Brighten up any room with a delightful bouquet or surprise your friends and family with a bunch of these stunning flowers.

Getting the most from your tubers


Calla Lilies can be lifted after flowering and stored throughout winter, allowing you to plant them again in spring. Simply dig them up once they have died back. The best time for this is usually in autumn, around the time the first frosts are beginning to set in. Dust off the soil and place them somewhere cool and dry on some old newspaper for several days to allow them to dry off. They can then be stored in a dark, dry area and a cool spot in some peat moss over the winter.

Once spring arrives again and the temperatures turn mild, you can replant your Calla Lilies for a gorgeous show throughout the season!

Some of our Favourites

Zantedeschia Cantor (Calla Lily)

A very popular variety for contemporary flower arrangements, exotic Zantedeschia Cantor boasts deep purple blooms.

Zantedeschia Lipstick (Calla Lily)

The Calla Lipstick presents gentle cream spadices, surrounded by contrasting vivid pink spathes.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily)

Zantedeschia aethiopica is a wonderful Calla Lily, also known as the White Arum Lily. This premium variety looks superb grown in groups within the flower bed and border.

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12 thoughts on “How To Plant Calla Lilies”

  1. How do I stop lily beetles from mashing and stripping my lillies I pick them off but it could happen over night I go to bed and get up to find they are practically non existent

    1. Hi I grow various Lilly’s and those pesky red Beatles are a pain in the back side. Personally I squish them in my fingers (gloves on) but you can buy chemical sprays to kill them. Good luck

  2. I love these bulbs, they are truly amazing. Thank you for this lovely article which was really informative. I have several types of these callas in my garden and they are real show stoppers. I tend not to ‘lift’ the callas in the autumn, but simply put a good layer of mulch and so far, they have been OK.

  3. Can you please tell me how many flowers there would be from one canna lily bulb. Trying to gauge how many bulbs to purchase of selected types.
    Thanks.

  4. I found the above details on the Calla lillies very useful.
    (I had some previously but only survived the first year. Must have been our neglect somehow???)
    Now that I have read the above I will certainly look favourably at purchasing some more and possibly look at the very hard variety
    to leave in the garden. They are beautiful. Maybe I will become
    a bit more ‘potty’ and grow more in pots and pop into the ground
    for a show and remove when finished.

    Very useful information.

  5. Complete Guide to planting Calla lilies.
    Your text advises planting the tubers shallow with the tops of the tubers even slightly exposed. Your video doesn’t mention this and appears to show the opposite.

  6. The hardiness of white callas
    When I moved house over 40 years ago this was one of the plants in the garden.
    Eight years ago that part of the garden was decked over and surrounded by raised beds. I thought no more about the plant but two years later the plant re-emerged from 2-3 feet of soil and has continued to bloom and flourish.

  7. i left my calla lilies covered with fleece in an unheated greenhouse this winter and they looked fine until a couple of weeks ago when some of the green leaves were turning limp and going brown. should i cut these leaves off? what do you recommend?

  8. Please can the Calla grow in Ghana?West African. I would like to grow some in my garden in Ghana can you advise.

  9. I would like to know if Calla lilies can survive in West Africa Ghana as it is a hot Country.

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