Explore a Variety of Colorful Calla Lilies: Not Just Your Average White


Calla lilies are popular plants known for their large, trumpet-shaped flowers and vibrant colors. While most people are familiar with the classic white calla lily, there are actually many different types and colors to choose from. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, this article will provide you with advice and information on the wide range of colorful calla lilies available.

One of the most striking types of calla lilies is the “Garnet Glow.” With its deep red spathes and golden spadix, this variety adds a touch of elegance and drama to any garden or floral arrangement. For those who prefer a softer look, the “Melody Pink” calla lily features delicate pink spathes that seem to glow in the morning light.

For those who enjoy gardening, calla lilies are relatively easy to grow. They can be planted in a variety of locations, from full sun to partial shade, and thrive in moist, well-drained soil. Watering should be done regularly, but be careful not to overwater as calla lilies don’t like being too wet.

When it comes to overwintering calla lilies, a little extra effort is required. These plants are not frost-hardy and need to be dug up and stored indoors during colder months. It is important to dry the bulbs thoroughly before storing them in a cool, dark place until the next growing season.

Calla lilies can be a beautiful addition to any garden or floral arrangement, and with so many different types to choose from, there is a calla lily for every taste and style. Whether you prefer the classic white variety or are looking to add a pop of color to your garden, read on to learn more about the different types of colorful calla lilies available.

How To Grow Calla Lilies

Calla lilies are a popular choice for gardeners and flower enthusiasts due to their beautiful foliage and vibrant colors. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, you can easily grow and care for these stunning plants by following a few simple tips.

1. Choose the right variety: There are 11 different types of colorful calla lilies, so you have a wide range of options to choose from. Whether you prefer the classic white lily or a more colorful variety like the Captain Melrose or Acapulco lily, determine the type that suits your preferences and climate.

2. Plant in a suitable location: Calla lilies thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. When selecting a place to plant them in your garden, consider factors such as shade, amount of sunlight, and the climate in your area. If you live in a colder climate, it’s best to grow calla lilies indoors or replant them in pots during winter.

3. Prepare the soil: Calla lilies prefer slightly acidic soil with good drainage. Before planting, ensure the soil is loose and fertile by adding compost or organic matter. This will provide the necessary nutrients for the plant to grow and bloom.

4. Planting calla lilies: Dig a hole that is approximately two times the size of the rhizome (the underground stem of the plant). Place the rhizome in the hole, ensuring that the “eyes” (growing points) are facing up. Cover the rhizome with soil, leaving the top exposed.

5. Watering and care: Calla lilies require regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist. However, be careful not to over-water them, as this can cause root rot. In summer, water them more frequently, and reduce watering during the winter months when the plant is dormant.

6. Fertilizing: It’s important to fertilize calla lilies during the growing season to promote healthy growth and vibrant blooms. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once every two weeks, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

7. Pruning: Once the calla lilies have finished blooming, you can prune off the faded flowers and stalks to encourage new growth. Cut them back to the base of the plant, being careful not to damage the healthy foliage.

8. Extra care: Calla lilies are generally low-maintenance plants, but they do benefit from some extra care. If your calla lilies are growing indoors, misting them with water can help to increase humidity levels. Additionally, you can provide some shade during the hottest part of the day to prevent the flowers from wilting.

By following these tips, you can successfully grow and enjoy the beauty of calla lilies in your garden or as indoor plants. With a little effort, you’ll be rewarded with a full bloom of colorful and heart-shaped spathes. Don’t hesitate to seek advice from local gardening experts or reliable online sources if you have any questions or need further guidance.

Calla lilies are easy to grow and with a little care can be replanted every year even in colder climates

Calla lilies, also known as Zantedeschia, are an attractive flower that is native to South Africa. They are particularly known for their large, heart-shaped leaves and vibrant colors. While most people are familiar with the white variety of Calla lilies, they actually come in a wide range of colors, including pink, red, black, gold, and even multi-colored variegated varieties.

Growing Calla lilies is relatively easy, even for beginners. They can be grown both indoors and outdoors, depending on your preference and climate. If you choose to grow them outdoors, make sure to plant them in a sunny or partially shaded spot with well-draining soil. Calla lilies prefer slightly acidic soil and should be watered regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. If you’re growing them indoors, place them near a window that receives plenty of sunlight.

Calla lilies are typically grown from rhizomes, which are underground stem structures. These rhizomes can be planted directly into the ground or in containers. If you live in a colder climate, it’s best to grow Calla lilies in containers so that they can be moved indoors during the winter months. They can also be overwintered in the ground if properly mulched or insulated.

When it comes to caring for your Calla lilies, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. Regular watering is essential, especially during periods of dry weather. Fertilizing every 4-6 weeks with a balanced fertilizer can help promote healthy growth and vibrant flowers. Calla lilies also benefit from regular pruning to remove dead or yellowing leaves and to encourage new growth.

If you’re looking to add some color and elegance to your garden or floral arrangements, Calla lilies are a fantastic choice. Their unique shape and vibrant colors make them a popular choice for weddings and other special occasions. So, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, why not give Calla lilies a try? With a little care and effort, you can enjoy these beautiful flowers year after year.

What is a Calla Lily

Calla lilies are a type of flowering plant that are native to southern Africa. They are known for their elegant, trumpet-shaped blooms and long, sturdy stems. While the most common color is white, calla lilies actually come in many different shades and patterns, making them a versatile choice for any garden or floral arrangement.

Calla lilies are easy to grow and have many attractive characteristics. Their glossy, dark green foliage adds a lush look to gardens and arrangements. The blooms are large and showy, making them a favorite for weddings and other special occasions.

When it comes to cultivation, calla lilies prefer full sun or light shade and well-drained soil. They are not frost-tolerant and should be replanted or brought indoors in cooler climates. Watering should be done sparingly, as calla lilies are drought-tolerant and do not require much moisture.

Pruning calla lilies is necessary after they have finished flowering. It is important to remove any dead or damaged foliage to promote new growth. In colder climates, calla lilies can be dug up and stored dormant until the next growing season.

There are many different types of calla lilies to choose from. Some popular varieties include the Melrose Lily, Captain Melody, and Acapulco Gold. Each has its own unique color and characteristics, so you can find the perfect calla lily for your garden or floral arrangements.

If you are interested in learning more about calla lilies, there are many books and online sources available for gardening advice and tips. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out, calla lilies are a beautiful and rewarding plant to grow.

Types of Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies are not just the traditional white flowers that many people associate with them. There is actually a wide variety of Calla Lily colors and types that can add a vibrant touch to any garden or floral arrangement.

One popular type is the Captain Melrose, which has dark purple flowers and green foliage. Another variety is the Crystal Clear, which features white flowers with a yellow spathes. The plant is not difficult to care for and can be grown in containers or in garden beds.

If you live in a climate that is too cold to grow Calla Lilies year round, you can still enjoy their beauty by growing them indoors. Calla Lilies are easy to grow from rhizomes, and they can be grown in pots and brought inside during the winter months. Just be sure to place them in a sunny spot and provide them with well-drained soil.

For those who are new to growing Calla Lilies, here are some tips for cultivation:

Lily Type: There are 11 different types of Calla Lilies, including white, pink, yellow, red, and even black varieties.
Growing Conditions: Calla Lilies require full sun or partial shade, well-drained soil, and regular watering. They can tolerate a wide range of climates, but they don’t like frost.
Planting: Plant the rhizomes in the spring, 1-2 inches deep and 2-3 feet apart. Make sure to plant them with the side that has the most “eyes” facing up.
Care: After planting, water the rhizomes thoroughly and then water them regularly throughout the growing season. Fertilize the plants once per month during the growing season. Remove any dead or faded flowers to encourage new blooms.
Overwintering: If you live in a cold climate, dig up the rhizomes in the fall after the foliage has died back. Let them dry for a few days, then store them in a cool, dry place until the following spring.

Calla Lilies are a popular choice for weddings and other special occasions because of their elegant and unique characteristics. They can be used in bouquets, centerpieces, and other floral arrangements. Whether you choose a classic white Calla Lily or a bold gold or red variety, these flowers are sure to add a touch of sophistication to any event or garden.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.