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How to Plant Calla Bulbs

By Yolanda Vanveen ; Updated September 21, 2017

Calla bulbs take slightly longer than normal to bloom because they need a good set of roots first. Discover how to plant calla bulbs with tips from a third-generation flower grower in this free video on gardening.


Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from VanveenBulbs.com, and in this section we're going to talk about how to plant calla lily bulbs, and it's really easy. So the materials that you will need are some calla lily bulbs, either a garden or a container to plant 'em in, some gravel to put in the bottom of the container if you're using a container, and some compost or potting soil to plant 'em in. So the first step is put some gravel if it's in a container on the bottom. That way, it'll have good drainage, and the dirt won't come just right out of it. The next step is fill the pot about halfway with some good potting soil or compost. So the next step is plant your calla lily bulbs. And if ya can't tell which way is up, there's the shoot side usually or bullseye, or it looks like paper where the leaves were from last year - that goes up. But if ya can't tell, a easy rule of thumb is to plant 'em sideways, 'cause they'll grow from every little section. Now I always like to put at least two or three in a group, and not one by itself, 'cause they're social, and they'll do so much better if you plant 'em in a clump. So the next step is covering 'em up about three inches from the top of the bulb. So once you've got it planted, just put it outside and either let the rain hit it or just water it yourself. Don't use a heavy spray, use more of a mist to really soak it in, and then that way they can get established. They might take a little while to really get growing, 'cause calla lillies will spend a lot of time growing roots first. Once they have a good set of roots, then they're going to shoot a lot of foliage, and they're going to finally bloom for ya. But be patient with them, because they have to have a good set of roots to bloom. And then always plant a group together so that they have friends, and you can enjoy them for many, many years.


About the Author

Yolanda Vanveen is a third-generation flower grower and sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Washington.