Originating in South Africa, calla lilies are mainstay in garden beds and bouquets. At first glance, it's easy to see why calla lilies are the perfect bouquet flower. Graceful and elegant, and available in a variety of colours, shapes, and sizes, and colours, calla lilies are easy to fall in love with.
On top of their simple elegance, calla lilies are are easy to cultivate, make captivating cut flowers, and take only eight weeks after planting to blossom. Though hard to resist, calla lilies are not inexpensive, so it is important to know how to care for them and keep them growing and blooming happily.
Calla lilies are native to the marshes of South Africa and are not very drought-resistant, so keeping them in average humidity is important. Mist the plant every so often to keep the humidity high. Their soil should be kept moist but not soggy. When watering, do not leave them for more than 15 minutes with excess water in their saucer.
Sunlight is Good, but Sunburn Isn't
Calla lilies require at least 6 hours per day of bright, indirect sunlight. Exposure to direct sunlight however can develop damaged flowers. Watch for leaf tip burns, which will tell you if they are getting too much or too intense sunlight.
What About Winter?
As natives of warm weather, calla lilies need to come inside for our Canadian winters. Make sure to bring them indoors before the first frost and don't subject them to temperatures below 55°F.
When dealing with cut calla lilies, make sure that your vase is very clean and fill it with fresh, cool water. Using a sharp knife, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle. This will ensure maximum surface area for the stems to absorb the water and prevent the cut ends from sitting flat on the bottom of the vase. Hand with care while arranging the blooms so the flowers aren't bruised. Like their potted counterparts, cut calla lilies like moisture. Check the water level often and replace with fresh clean water frequently. Consider adding flower food as well, and keep the arrangement in a cool area away from direct sunlight.
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