Calla Lily Exotic Flower Bulbs

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Calla lily is a beautiful South African flower. Learn how to plant calla lily flower bulbs with expert gardening tips in this free exotic flower video. View Video Transcript

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South African plants have been around the world and back. They're just beautiful in your garden, they will grow in any climate. My favorite all type South African plants are Calla Lilies. The Americans are the only people that call them Calla Lilies. Everywhere else in the world they are called Zantedeschia Aethiopica or Zantedeschia or Aethiopicas. So their different names all over the world. So the Green Goddess is a Aeithiopica, they also call it a Zantedeschia Aeithiopica, and it will grow in sun or shade wet or dry conditions almost any where. They'll bloom sporadically year round. They are just and easy, easy South African plant. The Giant White Call is the traditional White Calla Lily and it will do center change wet or dry conditions. It will grow almost any where as well. But it the warmer climates where it is really hot, I would put them in shade because they can sunburn but in the Northwest we can get away with putting them almost anywhere. So remember when your planting Calla Lilies that the Zantedeschia Aethiopica, the colored varieties in the Northwest need to be in full hot sun all day because they will not bloom in the shade and they might rot out if they're to wet. So they need hot sun and good drainage and they'll come back year after year and you'll never loose them. When your planting the colored Cali Lilies, remember the eyes go up, there's a bulls eyed side so the eyes go up and when in doubt go side ways. So you plant them about three inches deep and the key again is full hot sun because they won't bloom in the shade. An easy way to tell the difference between the two different varieties is the colored Cali that need the sun are more round like the sun and the green and the white Cali that can do the rain and shade look like a big raindrop. So when I'm looking at my bulbs, you can tell the difference. They're two different families of plants, their not even related to each other. You cannot cross a large Cali with a small Cali; they will not cross because they live in different conditions. So this flame Cali is just a gorgeous Cali, but remember again the colored ones need to have full hot sun and good drainage and they will survive mild winters no problem even our harder winters in the Northwest. But if you live in the colder climates like the Midwest or the East Coast, make sure and dig them up and just throw them in the garage for the winter, or leave them in the post or put them in a paper bag. But again in they are a round bulb, the eyes go up and they need sun. If the bulb looks like a raindrop it can handle the rain it can handle wet conditions. Calla Lilies are a South African bulb that we're very familiar with and they're really easy to grow as long as you know the difference. The big green and white ones can do the center shade, wet or dry, but the colored ones really need full hot sun and dry conditions. Their all gorgeous South African plants that will be a great addition to your garden. Thanks for watching this series on flower bulbs from South African. Please watch my other series in the same category.