The Q&A Archives: Growing Calla Lilies

Question: I have planted Calla Lily bulbs twice now and both times nothing has come up, the next year the bulb was gone, I presumed it had rotted. Our weather is mild here as we are on the coast. Can you tell me how to grow them?

Answer: Calla lilies should perform well in your garden, especially if they're planted in a shady bed (morning sun is okay, but afternoon shade is a must), in rich, moist soil. Calla's thrive on heavy watering so soak the soil every few days to keep it moist. Don't cut the foliage back, but let it yellow on its own. Callas go into a dormant period after blooming so if you water less frequently beginning late summer, the foliage will die back and the roots can rest. New shoots will develop from the crowns of the plants when they've finished resting.

The easiest way to feed your calla's is to mulch the plants with 1"-2" of aged-compost. As the organic matter decomposes, it will provide nutrients to your plants.

Hope this information helps you successfully grow calla's!

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