A popular flower for weddings and Easter, Calla Lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) grow up to 2 feet tall.  They are available in a range of colours from white, orange, pink & purple.  Calla Lilies are grown from bulbs and make a great indoor plant to ad that pop of color to any indoor room.

How to grow Calla Lilies in a garden

  1. Choose position in morning sun or dappled shade. 
  2. Can be planted in moist boggier soils. For well drained soils, be vigilant with watering. 
  3. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
  4. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  5. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  7. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  8. During the growing and flowering season feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food

How to grow Calla Lilies in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide.
  2. Position in morning sun to dappled shade. 
  3. Fill pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  5. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down.
  6. Water in well.
  7. Keep mix moderately moist at all times.
  8. During the growing and flowering season, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • If the leaves look too dark, it means the plant is being over-watered. 

  • After the flowers have died, discontinue watering. The bulbs will then go dormant. Place bulbs in a new spot or in pots as desired.

  • Allow plant to die back for about two months each year during winter.

  • If your area is susceptible to frost, it’s best to grow them indoors.

  • If you are growing Calla Lilies from bulbs, plant 7 - 8 cm deep in spring time. 

  • Begonias prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. Using a pH test kit, check the soil pH prior planting out.
    - If the soil pH is greater than 6.8, to lower the pH (acidify) apply Yates Soil Acidifier Liquid Sulfur.
    - If the soil pH is lower than 6.0, to raise the soil pH (sweeten) apply Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite.
  • Ideal for planting near and around ponds where the soil is prone to dampness. 

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