About the Calla Lily

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The calla lily can either be part of the aethiopica family or the zantedeschias family, the first of which thrives in partial shade and wet climates, while the latter prefers full, hot sun and good drainage. Grow calla lilies all year round with advice... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment I'm going to talk all about Calla Lily's. Now Calla Lily's are one of the most traditional flowers that you can have in your garden and when people think about Calla Lily's they usually think about the large, white Aethiopica Calla Lily's and they don't really think about the short colored Calla Lily's that are very different from the large white ones. So let's talk about, a little bit about the difference in the growing conditions. The large white Calla Lily's really like a little bit of shade. They don't generally do well in the hot, hot sun. Especially if you live in a warmer climate, a lot of times they'll get sunburned. And they bloom about Mother's Day so they'll always bloom May, June, July. And they have big white flowers on them that are gorgeous. They are the aethiopica, they can handle wet, wet conditions and shade. And there's also a Calla called Green Goddess which is related to the large white ones. It gets just huge with green variegated flowers. They're just gorgeous and one of my favorite in the whole world, and they can handle shade and moist conditions as well. They're aethiopica family. Where as if you find the Calla Lily's that are shorter, have spotted leaves, that are zantedeschias. Zantedeschias really need full hot sun and they never want to sit in water if you live in a climate that's milder. If you live in a hotter climate you can get away with part shade but really in the northwest or climates that are a little bit cooler they need that full hot sun to do really well, and good drainage. They'll rot right out in water. So the white and the green ones can handle water of gardens but the colored ones they've got to be in a dry, really good drainage area, and full hot sun. And you could plant the bulbs pretty much any time of the year. If you live in a really cold climate the Calla's won't winter over, they can only go down about ten degrees. Whereas I found the colored Calla's are just as hearty as the white and green Calla's as long as you give them sun and really good drainage. And they will come up and bloom in the summertime. So the colored ones bloom in the summertime where the green ones will bloom sporadically year round and the white ones will bloom about Mother's Day in May, June every year. But any way that you grow them Calla Lily's are a great addition to your garden.