How to Plant a Calla Lily

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Calla lilies are beautiful cone-shaped flowers with thick green or green and white foliage. You can plant your calla lilies anytime if you live in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 8 through 10, but springtime planting is more suitable for other areas. Like other lilies, the calla lily begins with a bulb, or rhizome. Each bulb can product from 10 to 30 flowers, making the calla lily a perennial garden favorite.

Step 1

Select a location for your calla lilies. They enjoy bright morning sunlight and afternoon shade in an area of your garden that has good drainage. You can tell if an area drains well by checking it after a rain or by watering it heavily. If you still have standing water after five hours, the area does not drain well.

Step 2

Dig holes for the bulbs 4 inches to 6 inches deep. You'll also need to space the bulbs 1 feet to 2 feet apart.

Step 3

Sprinkle a layer of organic matter into the hole before you place the calla lily bulb inside. You can place up to an inch of material to supplement your soil.

Step 4

Place the bulb so that the side with the most eyes is facing up. The eyes on a calla lily bulb look similar to the eyes on a potato.

Step 5

Cover the bulb with potting soil or other enriched garden soil. Water the bulbs well. Calla lilies prefer a moist environment.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you live in a colder climate, lift your calla lily bulbs before the first frost, let them dry in the sun and store them in paper bags in a room that maintains temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees F.

Things You'll Need

  • Calla lily bulbs
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Potting soil
  • Water


  • How to Plant Calla Lilies

Who Can Help

  • Growing Calla Lilies
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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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