How to Separate Calla Lilies
Calla lilies are not actual lilies; they are part of the genus Zantedeschia and native to Africa. Calla lilies are a summer bloomer and grow well in mild to hot areas, zone 7 to 10, year round. However, the flowers cannot handle frosts, so if you live in a cold area you will have to dig them up before winter sets in. Calla lilies grow from rhizomes which can be divided in the spring or summer.
- Moderately Easy
things you’ll need:
- Dig up the calla lily rhizomes in the spring or summer. Break apart the roots with gloved hands.
- Cut the calla lily rhizomes into pieces with knife. Each piece should have one or two stems.
- Dig holes for the divided calla lilies in a spot in your yard with partial sun. Work 5 to 10 inches of compost into the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Dig the holes for the calla lilies 4 to 5 inches deep and 4 inches wide.
- Place the divided calla lilies into the holes and fill the holes with soil. Pat the soil down firmly. Water the separated calla lilies well for five minutes.