One of the most unique flowers you will find is the calla lily. Just as the name implies, the calla is part of the lily (liliopsida) class but are not actually lilies. Go figure!

The calla lily is a perennial. There are nearly 30 species of this beautiful flower; coming in a variety of colors including white, green, pink, yellow and orange. Its trumpet-shaped bloom sits on arrowhead-shaped leaves on top of a thick leafless stalk which generally grows between 1 and 3 feet tall.

Calla lilies are surprising easy to grow. They do well as houseplants and in flowerbeds and can be grown in most regions. In colder growing zones, however, the rhizomes or tubers will need to be dug up, brushed or washed free of soil and sun-dried for a few days before storing in a cool, dry location until spring.

Gardeners wishing to grow calla lilies shouldn’t find it a difficult task as long as they:

  • Start them in pots indoors in early spring and transplant them outdoors once all danger of frost has passed and the soil is warm.
  •  Plant the tubers or rhizomes 4 to 5 inches deep.
  •  Fertilize the plants approx. once a month during their growing season BUT be careful not to overfeed.
  •  Allow sufficient space between plants (10 to 12 inches).
  •  Keep the soil moist but not wet-callas originated in marsh lands but don’t need to sit in water.
  •  Once the plant has stopped blooming, let the leaves die off and stop watering/fertilizing for 2 to 3 months to rest. You can then start watering again for new growth and another blooming period.

In spite of its beauty, the calla lily is toxic. If ingested, immediate medical attention should be sought for people and pets. For this reason, the calla lily is not a good choice for people with children and pets.

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