How to Grow
Easy to Grow:
1. Select an area with full sun
2. Dig a hole of max 2 inches (5 cm) deep
3. Place the bulb in the hole, with pointed side up
4. Space bulbs 14 inches (35 cm) apart
5. Cover with soil and water thoroughly
Plant in groups of 3 or more, in well-drained soil. Bulbs will benefit from a handful of compost added to the planting holes.
About the Calla (Zantedeschia):
Planting these calla's is an easy process. They like moist, well-drained soil and should not be planted too deep. Best is to plant them at a max. of 2 inches deep so the tops of the tubers can be at ground level. Especially when planted outdoors it's best to plant them in a sunny location. Being native to Africa, they will really appreciate the warmth. It is recommended to apply some fertilizer every two weeks until its gorgeous flowers fade.
When planting in a planter, be sure that it is at least 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter and well-draining. Standard potting soil is a good mixture for this plant. While Calla Lilies consistently need moist soil, improper drainage can cause rot and fungal diseases. The soil should be moist, but definitely not too soggy. Calla plants grown in planters are usually watered when the first inch or two of the soil is dry to the touch. Brown foliage tips can indicate overwatering.
How to take care of your Calla's after flowering:
After the flowering period, you can lift your Calla's so that you can store them throughout winter and plant again in spring.* Just cut them off at the ground level and dig them up at the end of their flowering time. This is usually mid-Autumn prior to the first frost.
Dust off soil and place the Calla tubers somewhere cool and dry (i.e. on a newspaper) for several days, this allows them to really dry off. These can now be stored in a dark, dry area and a cool spot in some dry peat moss over the winter. Should you live in a warm climate (zone 7 and up), then you can leave the Calla's in the soil. Once spring arrives again and the temperatures turn mild, you can plant your Calla again and enjoy their beauty year after year!
*Please note that TotalGreen Holland cannot guarantee re-growth and blooms after the first year.
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