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:
  • Knife
  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Gloves
    1. Dig up the calla lily rhizomes in the spring or summer. Break apart the roots with gloved hands.
    2. Cut the calla lily rhizomes into pieces with knife. Each piece should have one or two stems.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

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