Calla lily is one of the flowers with pretty blooms like trumpets. This one has a variety of colors, including yellow, purple, white, and pink. Due to its appearance, it is perfect for the gardens and rooms.
The flower that has the botanical name Zantedeschia spp. called Calla lily grow as perennials in United States Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 to 11. However, it can also be treated as an annual in some conditions. The perennial ones can remain in the ground year around when they grow in mid climates within the zone range. Depending on winter temperatures and sun, it is possible for it to remains year round. The enemy of this plant is the extreme heat or cold as these extreme weathers can damage or kill the rhizomes and make the plant to not making its appearance the next year. In order to improve the perennial growth, it is needed to keep the soil evenly moist at all times to prevent the top 6 inches from drying out completely. Not only that, it is also important to give the plant with full all day sun or with some light shade in the afternoon to support it producing the healthy leaves to fuel the tuberous roots for the upcoming growth.
In places with wet weather or low temperatures, some kinds of Calla lily might not able to survive. The roots can rot in overly wet coil soil, making the rhizomes don’t survive winter to regrow in spring. In this case, feel free to treat the Calla lily as annuals and change the plant every year in case the issue with the climate arises. Aside from that, you are also able to dig up the roots and place them indoors for winter. Please do that after flowering. The roots should be dried and when they dry, do not forget to get rid of the dead leaves. You will need to place the rhizomes of Calla lily in peat moss in a dry place with 55 degree Fahrenheit until the time to replanting in spring.
Knowing the best time to plant the Calla lily is important to get the best result. Then, when is it the best time to grow Calla lily? Calla lilies can grow outdoors year around in the tropical climates or USDA zones 8-10 although Calla lilies known as spring bulbs so you they are able to them any time. Apart from these areas, they are actually able to be planted in the other areas as long as the temperatures stay higher than 55 degrees F. When the temperatures are under 55 degrees, they will stop growing. Talking about planting the plant, the most important thing is to make sure that there is no danger of frost or the temperatures that are under 55 degrees in the first 12 weeks after the process of planting is done.
Apart from the best time to plant the Calla lily, you might also want to know the time when this plant bloom. According to some sources, the time for Calla Lily to bloom is in late spring to early summer in the climates where it needs perennial. When it placed in the spring, it will produce flowers between midsummer and early fall for three to eight weeks. The flowering period has something to do with the temperature. Aside from that, it also depends on the amount of light and variety.
If you want to grow Calla lily, you will have to know the information about the shade and sun and the zone first. Apparently, this plant is able to grow well in full sun or partial shade. If you live in cool area, you are recommended to grow it in full sun. As for the zone, Calla lily is known as winter hardy in zones 8-10. In the areas with cold weathers, it is able to either be grown as annuals or are able to be dug up in the fall and then stored indoors for replanting the next spring.
Just like knowing the best time to plant Calla lily to get the best results, knowing the best location to plant it is also needed. The first location is flowerbeds and borders. This plant grows between 1 and 2 feet tall. Actually, how tall it depends on the cultivar. Due to its grow, it is the perfect one for the front of middle of a flowerbed. It has a foliage that looks amazing all year long.
The second one is cutting gardens. Calla lily is known to be the one that can be organized easily and it is able to survive for about two weeks in a vase. By planting this plant in a cutting garden, you are allowed to grow a wide range of different colors and you get some different colors for bouquets.
The third place is the containers. Whether it is in pots or planters, Calla lily can grow well. While it is possible to mix the plant with the other annuals, it is still better to put it in a pot on its own. The flowers that are grown in this place can last for several weeks.
After knowing the time for the Calla lily to bloom and some other things, it is time for you to plant it. If you have no idea how to do so, here is every step to follow:
- The first thing that you have to do is to dig a hole 3” to 4” deep.
- Then, set the plant into the hole with the eyes, which are also known as growing tips” facing up.
- After that, you will need to cover the soil and water lightly.
It should be easy for you to plant the Calla lily. However, if you get some questions to ask or if you want to ask anything about the plant, you are recommended to see the gardeners or the experts.