How to Plant a Calla Lily

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How to Plant a Calla Lily
(A. Johnson)

A calla is a flowerlike herb with a bell-shaped leaf that is typically mistaken for the plant's flower. The calla's flowers are actually the small blossoms inside the bell-shaped leaf. Calla lilies are one of the most popular types of calla. The calla lily, or zantedeschia, has a bell-shaped leaf that is about 10 inches long.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wood chips or bark

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  1. 1

    Plant your calla lily in late spring, or early summer. Choose a location with about 25-percent shading. Calla lilies can tolerate full sunlight with sufficient watering.

  2. 2

    Add organic material like wood chips or bark to the soil to keep it cool, moist and discourage weeds. Calla lilies prefer humus-rich soil. Add a 2-inch layer of mulch made from wood chips, ground bark or other organic material to the top of the soil.

  3. 3

    Plant the calla lily rhizome about 2 inches deep, and space the plants about 18 inches apart.

  4. 4

    Keep the soil moist. Calla lilies can tolerate wet ground, which makes them ideal for planting along the edge of ponds.

Tips and warnings

  • All parts of the calla lily are toxic and should not be digested by pets or humans.

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